3 men have been arrested for impersonating Singapore Police Force (SPF) officers in 2 cases of online scams.
According to reports, the first case involved a 31 year-old victim who was given a link to an e-service website allegedly from the SPF. When the victim accessed the website, he was asked to key in his internet banking credentials and disclose his one-time password (OTP) to the impersonator. About $35,000 was transferred from the vicim’s bank account to an unknown bank account after this scam.
The second case involved a 47 year-old victim on 27 March 2017, who was asked to apply for an internet banking dongle on the fake website. She also gave the website her internet banking credentials. Similarly, she discovered $34,000 had been transferred out of her account after she was scammed.
According to the police, the identities of the three suspects were subsequently established by the officers and the trio were arrested on 27 March 2017.
An SPF representative said that there are at least 3 other cases where victims have suffered losses of a total of $90,000.
2 of the suspects will be charged in court today. If found guilty, they face an imprisonment term of up to 5 years, or a fine, or both.