The latest victim, who fell prey to the scam yesterday, is a private university student who wanted to be known only as Ms Tiwari. The 25-year-old Indian national said the caller, who identified himself as an officer with ICA's "updation (sic)" department, could rattle off her identity card number, her address in Mumbai and date of birth.
Get the full story from The Straits Times.
Here is the Singapore Police Foce's post on their Facebook page:
Police received reports of cases involving victims who received phone calls from scammers claiming to be officers from Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA).
The scammers would call the victims using a phone number similar to ICA hotline(6391 6100) and inform them that there was an error in their personal particulars.
They were then told to transfer cash as they were liable for a fine for providing incorrect information.
As of October 2013, 26 victims have been cheated of over S$40,000.
ICA has clarified that such calls are not authentic and they do not call up members of public to pay a fine. Members of public should adopt the following crime prevention measures if they happen to receive such calls:
• Call the Police immediately at ‘999’ to report the case.
• Ignore such calls; and
• Do not transfer any money via remittance agencies, banks or any other means to the caller
If you have any information related to this crime, do not hesitate to call the Police hotline at 1800-255 0000 or ‘999’ for urgent Police assistance
The SPF FB Team would like to remind the public to be aware of such scams and not to fall prey to it!