Rise in phishing scams during circuit breaker; SingPost and StarHub among top companies impersonated: SPF
SINGAPORE: The police on Saturday (May 16) warned of a rise in phishing scams during the COVID-19 "circuit breaker" period, with 151 cases reported from Apr 7 to May 7.
That's a sharp increase from the monthly average of 20 cases reported in the first three months of this year.
"Members of the public who have fallen victim to such phishing scams
would receive emails or text messages purportedly sent from a company
they know or trust, such as banks, government agencies, trade unions
like NTUC, or companies such as SingPost, StarHub and Netflix," said the
Singapore Police Force (SPF).
These messages or emails usually include fake offers or claims to trick recipients into clicking on a link. Victims will then be redirected to fraudulent websites where they are asked to provide their credit or debit card details and a one-time password.
Most victims only realise that they have been
scammed when they discover unauthorised transactions in their bank
accounts, said SPF.
According to the police, the top companies impersonated in these scams are SingPost, StarHub, Netflix, PayPal and Grab.
In the case of the SingPost scam, with 45 police reports made from January to April, scammers typically trick people into believing that their parcel will not be shipped unless payment is made.
Scams which use StarHub's name often claim that a recipient's bill has been overpaid and that credit card details are needed to collect a refund.
for the scam impersonating Netflix, the text message claims that the
company is giving out "3 months of Netflix Premium" during the COVID-19
The police advised members of the public to follow these crime prevention measures:
- Do not click on links provided in unsolicited emails and text messages.
- Always verify the authenticity of the information with the official websites or sources.
- Never disclose personal or Internet banking details and OTP to anyone.
- Report any fraudulent credit or debit card charges to your bank and cancel your card immediately.