Supreme Court to lodge police report after public feedback on scammers impersonating court officers

A Supreme Court spokesman told The Straits Times on Monday (June 25) that it is investigating the impersonation scam, after the public alerted it to the suspicious phone calls.
A Supreme Court spokesman told The Straits Times on Monday (June 25) that it is investigating the impersonation scam, after the public alerted it to the suspicious phone calls.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Supreme Court will lodge a police report against scammers impersonating court officers in phone calls, following feedback from the public since last Friday (June 22).

A Supreme Court spokesman told The Straits Times on Monday that it is investigating the impersonation scam, after the public alerted it to the suspicious phone calls.

"We take such incidents seriously and have clarified with the callers that the calls they received were clearly scams and should be ignored. We will be making a police report," the spokesman said.

A user on online discussion site Reddit said last Saturday that he had received a call from the "Singapore High Court" with a voice recorded message in English and Mandarin, asking the caller to press "9".

Thereafter, a person claiming to be a court officer asked him for his personal details, such as his name and identity card number.

Other Reddit users said that in some cases, the scammers have duped victims into believing that they were involved in a crime.

This is not the first time the Supreme Court has been a target of such scams.

In July last year, it received feedback on a similar phone scam and put out an advisory to warn the public.

 

The Supreme Court said that court officers would not make such phone calls, as requests for court attendance are done only via post or e-mail.

Those who receive similar calls should take the following precautions:

  • Be vigilant, and ignore the call.
  • Do not provide personal information such as your name, identity card number, passport, bank account or credit card details.
  • Do not transfer any money to the caller, either via remittance agencies or banks, or any other means.

Members of the public can contact the police on 1800-255-0000 if they have any information related to the scams.