Scammers posing as traffic police send out emails directing drivers to pay non existent parking ticketsBy Mason White 2:31 PM April 28, 2017
By: William Martin WorldWideWeirdNews.com
Scammers are posing as the Traffic Police and ordering drivers to pay non existent parking tickets instead of making court appearances, according to police in Singapore.
A fake email informs the recipient about a parking fine, which needs to be paid and that a court appearance is required.
Within the email, the recipients are given a link to a website and a phone number to call, where they can pay their fine using credit cards.
Police published a screenshot, showing the fake email sent by the scammers impersonating the Traffic Police. The police clarified that both the website and phone number do not belong to the Singapore Police Force.
The email was also not disseminated by the Traffic Police or the Land Transport Authority.
“No government agency will inform you to make a payment through a telephone call, especially to a third party’s bank account,” police said.
Members of the public are advised to take the following precautions when they receive such emails, especially from unknown parties:
Ignore the emails and do not respond to them.
Do not click on any links or open any file attachments inside the fake email as they may be malicious.
Ignore instructions to remit or transfer money.
Refrain from giving out personal information and bank details, whether on the website or to callers over the phone.
Personal information and bank details such as internet bank account usernames and passwords, OTP codes from tokens, are useful to criminals.
If you have information related to such crimes or if you are in doubt, please call the Police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit the information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.
To seek scam-related advice, members of the public may call the anti-scam helpline at 1800-722-6688 or go to www.scamalert.sg.
They are also advised to share this advisory with family and friends to prevent them from being the next scam victim.