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SCAMMERS PRETENDING TO BE FROM LTA, ASKING VICTIMS TO PAY THEIR “UNPAID FINES”

The Police would like to alert members of the public on the emergence of a new variant of phishing scams involving unpaid tolls. Since 13 October 2022, the Police have received at least 20 reports, with losses amounting to at least $22,000.

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Victims of such phishing scams would receive text messages, purportedly from the Land Transport Authority (LTA), notifying them of unpaid bills or fines. A Uniform Resource Locator (URL) link would be embedded in the messages and some of the messages would show that it was sent from ‘ERP’. Upon clicking on the URL, victims would be directed to a fraudulent LTA website, where the victims would be required to provide their credit/debit card details and One-Time Passwords (OTPs). Victims would subsequently discover unauthorised transactions made to their credit or debit cards.

The Police would like to advise members of the public to follow these crime prevention measures:

  • Do not click on URL links provided in unsolicited text messages;
  • Always verify the authenticity of the information with the official sources or website;
  • Never disclose your personal or Internet banking details and OTP to anyone; and
  • Report any fraudulent credit/debit card charges to your bank and cancel your card immediately.

If you have any information related to such crimes, please call the Police Hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit it online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness. All information will be kept strictly confidential. Please dial ‘999’ if you require urgent Police assistance.

For more information on scams, members of the public can visit www.scamalert.sg or call the Anti-Scam Hotline at 1800-722-6688. Join the ‘Spot the Signs. Stop the Crimes’ campaign at www.scamalert.sg/fight by signing up as an advocate to receive up-to-date messages and share them with your family and friends. Together, we can help stop scams and prevent our loved ones from becoming the next victim.

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
18 October 2022 @ 10:00 PM

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