$62,000 lost in fake Singtel e-mail phishing scams, 22 police reports lodged

From The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao dated 17 Feb 2021

There is a fake Singtel website defrauding money, and the police urge people to be careful.

The Singapore Police Force issued a statement tonight (February 17) saying, some victims received emails from fake SingTel companies stating that they had won cash prizes or were eligible for cash rebates or gifts. The victim needs to click on the link in the email to go to the fake Singtel website to provide bank information and one-time password. The victims later discovered that there were unauthorized transactions in their bank accounts.

The three website links posing as Singtel are:

http://sgsingtel.net/sin/cc1.php

https://sgsingtel.net/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi

https://sgsingtel.net/sing

$62,000 lost in fake Singtel e-mail phishing scams, 22 police reports lodged

The police noted that scams like this involving companies other than banks have been on the rise.

“The number of non-banking related phishing scams increased by 1,214 per cent to 644 in 2020, from 49 in 2019. The total amount cheated increased to at least $981,000 in 2020, from at least $72,000 in 2019,” they said.

There are tried and true safeguard against such scams:

– Be wary of URL links provided in unsolicited adverts and text messages, especially those related to deals that seem too good to be true;

– Always verify the authenticity of the information with the official website or sources;

– Never disclose your personal or Internet banking details and OTP to anyone; and

– Report any fraudulent transaction involving your e-payment accounts to the e-payment service provider immediately.

Anyone with information related to these scams can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or go to the Singapore Police Force’s website. or call the Anti-Scam hotline at 1800-722-6688.

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