Public members were surprised to receive a call from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) asking if they were interested in becoming permanent residents or Singapore citizens.
“Squid! I didn’t know there was such a service. Calls from staff asking if they wanted PR or citizenship. We’re doing promotions,” the Facebook page complained on Friday (August 12). Singapore member said.
A member of the group commented on the post, pointing out that the call was likely a scam.
“The ICA doesn’t call people out of the blue. It’s a scam,” said Facebook user Desmond Tan.
“We men in blue have had many briefings telling citizens that the first thing they should do when they receive a call or text about easy money is not trust them not to send the OTP of the phone. has already been done.”
“Look at it and delete the number. Phones these days can block numbers. So guys, if you come across all this nonsense, don’t trust it. Don’t pick it up, ignore it.” Please,” he pointed out.
We have also received calls from the ICA and the Ministry of Health (MOH). “It’s so frustrating.. I get MOH or ICA calls all the time. Can’t these ministry departments work on all these scam calls or do something? Probably,” added Facebook user Shirlin Lam.
according to scamalert.jp, the most common scams follow a simple pattern. First, scammers offer attractive offers. The next sign is an unexpected friend request from a stranger, followed by gift cards and shopping scams asking you to pay for services with his credit.
If the recipient is asked to send money urgently or reveal a one-time password, the transaction is likely to be fraudulent.
In terms of identity fraud, a total of 752 victims fell prey to scammers, losing a total of S$106.4 million as of December 2021.
This scam typically involves calls from people claiming to be local government officials (government officials, police officers, court officials, etc.), bank or telephone company officials, or representatives of Chinese banks or courier companies. increase.
When callers start asking for personal information, bank details, or OTPs, it’s a sign of fraud.
Regular members should be aware that numbers prefixed with “+” are not necessarily Singaporean.
Scamalert.sg recommends not to disclose personal information to anyone without confirmation.
“Never share your account password, OTP or other sensitive information with anyone. Banks and government officials will never call you and ask you for bank transfers, personal information, bank account or credit card details, or OTPs.”
independent singapore We have reached out to the ICA for a statement and will update the article accordingly./TISG
https://theindependent.sg/ica-staff-calling-to-ask-if-someone-needs-pr-or-citizenship-promotion-ongoing-a-possible-scam/ ICA staff called to inquire if someone needed PR or citizenship, if a promotion was in progress, or if it was a possible scam