ADVISORY ON RE-EMERGENCE OF LOAN SCAM INVOLVING IMPERSONATION OF BANK

The Police have observed a re-emergence of loan scam where members of the public would receive loan advertisement messages purportedly sent by POSB.

POSB has confirmed that they do not send out such loan advertisements.

Members of the public are advised to adopt the following crime prevention measures:

  1. Beware of unsolicited messages or calls from persons impersonating as staff from banks. Scammers may use Caller ID spoofing technology to mask their actual phone number to display the bank’s number and logo as the profile picture on mobile applications such as ‘WhatsApp’. Ignore such messages and do not reply to them. Instead, block or report the number as spam.
  2. If you receive a suspicious call or message purportedly from your bank, hang up the call and do not reply to the message. Call the bank’s hotline published on its website to verify the authenticity of the request. Do not call the number provided by the caller, or as shown in the message.
  3. Do not give out your personal information such as NRIC, SingPass or bank account details to anyone.

If you wish to provide any information related to such scams, 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’. Members of the public can call the X-Ah Long hotline at 1800-924-5664 if they suspect or know of anyone who could be involved in illegal loansharking activities.

To seek scam-related advice, you may call the anti-scam hotline at 1800-722-6688 or visit www.scamalert.sg. Join the ‘Let’s fight scams’ 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 scam victim.

 

 

Source: Singapore Police Force