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Thursday, February 9, 2023
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SCAMMERS USE GOOGLE FORMS & POLICE LOGO TO TRICK VICTIMS INTO KEYING CREDIT CARD INFO

The Singapore Police Force said that there is a new type of phishing scam which sends an email to the potential victim that contains a link to Google Forms with the logo of the Police.

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The Police published an advisory warning people who received the email to wary of this scam variant.

How does the scam work?

The potential person will first receive an email stating that they are able to redeem a gift voucher.

When a person clicks on the embedded URL, they will be taken to a webpage where they are asked to enter their credit or debit card information, security code, and one-time password.

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After entering the information, the victim will be contacted by the scammers who posed as “bank staff” and lead the victim further into the scam.

The scammer will tell the victim that a “fraudulent” transaction took place.

Victims would receive phone calls from callers impersonating bank staff. The caller would tell the victims that their bank cards may have been compromised and would request for the victims’ bank account information to enable them to resolve the matter. After the victims provided their bank account numbers, they would receive One-Time Passwords (OTPs) on their mobile phones. The caller would then ask the victims for the OTPs.

Beware

Members of the public are advised to follow these crime prevention measures:

  • Bank officers will never ask for your banking details and OTP over the phone or via SMS;
  • Always verify the authenticity of claims of problems with your bank account or cards issued by the bank with the official bank website or sources;
  • Never disclose your personal or Internet banking details and OTP to anyone; and
  • Report any fraudulent transactions to your bank immediately.

If you have any information relating to such crimes, please call the Police Hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit it online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.  If you require urgent Police assistance, please dial ‘999’.

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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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