Imagine the odds of something like this happening.
With the number of scam calls received every day, it has been a hassle and getting kind of annoying.
A scammer claiming to be an ICA officer happened to call a real ICA officer.
During the exchange, the scammer could be heard speaking extremely broken English to the officer and one might think that the person who is calling is either an uneducated criminal or a foreigner.
ICA recorded a video of the call and the scammer hung up immediately after the scammer was told that he is talking to a real ICA officer.
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Here is what ICA wrote on Facebook
The day has come…
Watch how ASP Kelvin responds to a scam call claiming to be from ICA.
We are aware that members of the public have received calls from scammers claiming that there were issues with their passport, NRIC or passes such as Student pass.
We would like to advise members of the public to be wary of such calls and to note the following tell-tale signs indicative of a scam:
Calls with a “+65” prefix.
Voice-recorded message claiming to be calling from immigration authorities.
Asking for personal information, bank account details or money transfers.
Members of the public can check the status of their application(s) via the ICA website or MyICA Mobile.
Here are what netizens think:
- Can have this in Mandarin and other languages too. For those who do not understand English esp the seniors.
- I think depends on luck. This one speaks Engrish.. sounds like Malaysian leh. haha
- Now they use Singlish speakers so making it more difficult…so lagi must jadi dan jagah
- have received many this kind of call. How can we block this number. Recently, we found there few number has breached by some hackers. They can remotely abuse using people number to make call. This is what I am encounter.
- Thanks for the info sir.