Police in Singapore have warned law abiding citizens of the latest trend in cyrbercrimes, after a woman lost $80,000 to fraudsters who pretended to be officers of the law.
The 41-year-old scam victim was said to have received a telephone call from someone who claimed to be a police officer. Their initial conversation was followed with what the scammer called a “lawful briefing” of an alleged criminal act.
According to AsiaOne, the stranger accused her of being involved in some shady business transactions, pointing out the country’s money laundering penalties.
The unsuspecting woman was then asked to visit a “cloned” Singapore Police Force (SPF) website in order to key in her personal and internet banking details for “further investigations”.
Following instructions from the fake police officer, she visited a link that looked exactly like the SPF website and did as she was told.
In a police statement released Wednesday, the law abiding citizen discovered after a short time that some unauthorized transactions worth $80,000.00 was initiated from her online banking account.
The police cin Singapore clarified that their official website is http://www.police.gov.sg, and advised citizens to beware of anyone asking them for confidential details over the phone or through email/SMS messages.