Scam Phone Calls Impersonating Police Officers

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Singapore Police Force

4 August 2016 ·

POLICE ADVISORY ON SCAM PHONE CALLS IMPERSONATING POLICE OFFICERS

The Police are aware that members of public have received phone calls from ‘+65…..999’ on their mobile phones. Recipients of such calls would first hear an automated Mandarin voice message instructing them to enter a number. A Mandarin-speaking operator, claiming to be from the Singapore Police Force (SPF), would then ask for their personal information. Otherwise, they were told to proceed to the police station with their identification card or Police officers would be despatched to their residence.

On the other hand, when return calls were made by members of public who received missed calls from ‘+65 …..999’, they would be connected to the Police emergency hotline at ‘999’ instead.

The Police would like to clarify that these calls were not made by SPF officers. Such calls are typical scammers’ tactics where caller ID spoofing technology may be used to mask the actual phone number and a different number is displayed. Members of public are advised to take the following precautions when they receive calls from unknown origins:

  • Ignore such calls and the caller’s instructions.
    • Do not provide your name, identification number, passport details, contact details, bank account or credit card details. Such information are useful to criminals.

Members of public may call the Police hotline at 1800-255 0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness should they have any related information, and dial ‘999’ only if urgent Police assistance is required.

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