At least 85 people in Singapore have lost about $237,000 since January 2022 after falling victim to phishing scams involving purported e-mails from Singapore Post (SingPost) and telco Singtel.
It comes amid a resurgence in scammers impersonating both firms and sending out e-mails with unrelated domains, said the police. The e-mails were embedded with fraudulent URL links which were designed to steal victims’ personal information.
In the case of the scam e-mails purportedly from Singtel, victims were told that their accounts faced billing issues due to missing information. They were instructed to click on the embedded link to renew their subscriptions.
In the SingPost scams, victims were notified that they had outstanding payments to make for parcel deliveries. They were directed to use the link to make payments.
However, police said these links redirected the victims to fraudulent websites which then tricked them into providing their personal information, including their account username and password, as well as credit or debit card details and their one-time passwords.
Victims only realised they had been scammed after they discovered unauthorised transactions made using their credit or debit cards.
The advisory comes ahead of a slew of end-of-the-year sales including tomorrow’s 11.11 sale.