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汇率 23/09/2017

Scamalert

Impersonation Scam

 

Impersonation Scam (China Officials)

Victims receive calls from persons claiming to be employees or courier companies or banks in China and are told that their identities were used to send parcels containing fake passports or weapons, or were used to apply for overseas credit cards. They are then referred to another caller claiming to be a customs officer, a police officer or a government official from China and asked to provide their personal particulars including name, identification number, address, passport number and bank account numbers. Some victims are threatened with legal action and instructed to remit money to China so that the authorities will not pursue the matter.

Till date, the victims have lost more than S$4 million to this scam.

To avoid becoming a victim of this scam:

    • Ignore such calls and the caller's instructions
    • Do not provide your personal information such as name, identification number, passport details, bank account number or credit card details to the callers. Criminals may use these valuable information for their criminal activities
    • Do not make any funds transfer. No government agency will inform you to make a payment through a telephone call, especially to a third party's bank account.
    • If you have information related to such crime, do not hesitate to call the Police hotline at 1800-225-0000, or dial '999' for urgent Police assistance

 

Impersonation Scam (Via Phone Calls)

Victims receive phone calls from scammers claiming to be government officials or civil servants such as immigration officer, police officer and court officer. Victims are told that they are involved in an ongoing investigation or that they have filled up certain official documents incorrectly. In order to rectify the situation, they must make a money transfer.

If you receive such phone calls:

    • Ignore the calls. No government agency will inform you to make a payment through a telephone call, especially to a third party's bank account.
    • Do not transfer money to the caller
    • Call the Police immediately at '999' to report the case

 

Impersonation Scam (via Facebook)

Scammers hack into various email or Facebook accounts. They send messages to the account's contacts, pretending to be the owner of the account. To make the messages more believable, they may even provide personal details of the account holder, such the names of family members.

The messages tell contacts that the account holder has been stranded, robbed or hospitalised in a foreign country and ask victims to send money to help.

To avoid becoming a victim of this scam:

    • Do not respond to the emails or messages
    • Consider if it is reasonable, from your previous dealings, for the account holder to be requesting for urgent financial help through email or Facebook
    • Verify the story with the account holder or his family members and friends
    • Do not send any money
    • Call the Police immediately at '999' to report the case

-From http://www.scamalert.sg/