22 April 2013

Immigration Phone Scam

SINGAPORE: The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said it does not call up members of the public for transfer of funds pertaining to immigration facilities such as extension of stay in Singapore.

This comes after ICA received public feedback that some individuals including foreigners had received suspicious phone calls from a caller who claimed to be an ICA officer.

The calls made to the victims happened over this week and were from a phone number that is similar to the ICA hotline (6391 6100).

ICA said the caller would tell the victims that they had not filled their disembarkation/embarkation cards properly.

They were then asked to transfer funds to the caller in order to make their stay in Singapore legitimate.

ICA said such calls are not authentic and that the police have been informed of the scam.

The public is advised to ignore such calls, and not transfer any money via remittance agencies, banks or any other means to the caller.

The public should call the police to report the case.

ICA takes a serious view of such scam calls as they undermine public trust in the authority.

- CNA/ck
Take note, don't be scammed.

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