MOF on how to tell if text message on SG Bonus is real

The legitimate text message would have its sender listed as SG-Bonus or SGBonus, and will not ask for any information, said the MOF.
The legitimate text message would have its sender listed as SG-Bonus or SGBonus, and will not ask for any information, said the MOF.PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FINANCE

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) has issued an advisory on how to identify whether a text message notification on the SG Bonus is a legitimate one sent by the Government.

In a Facebook post yesterday, the MOF said those who have registered their mobile number with SingPass would have received an SMS notification informing them of the bonus.

The legitimate text message would have its sender listed as SG-Bonus or SGBonus, and will not ask for any information, said MOF. It said the URL in the message will start with https://www.singaporebudget.gov.sg

Screenshots posted by MOF show two legitimate versions of the notification.

For people who have already signed up for the SG Bonus, the message will inform them that the bonus will be paid by December this year. It will show the last three digits and the letter of their National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) number.

For those who have yet to sign up for the bonus, the message will have a reminder to sign up by Nov 7 at a specified link. It will also indicate the bonus that the receiver is entitled to and state that the final deadline to sign up is March 31 next year.

The message will similarly show the last three digits and the letter of the receiver's NRIC number.

 
 
 

In contrast, a fake message that has been circulating states the sender's name as Gov.sg. The message reads: "SG Bonus for you $200 is available! To take your bonus please confirm your identity here sg-gov.com/?"

The authorities have warned of various bogus text messages recently. Earlier this month, the police said that bank customers were the latest targets of phishing scams, in which text messages asked users for details to "unlock" their bank accounts.

In August, the police issued an advisory warning to the public to be wary if they received any SMS claiming that their loved ones had been kidnapped.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2018, with the headline 'MOF on how to tell if text message on SG Bonus is real'. Print Edition | Subscribe