News : MOM Warns of Phone Scams Involving Money Transfers
Singapore, May 9, 2014 -- There is a new phone scam in the form of a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) impersonator offering to settle issues such as a person’s work pass application, if money is transferred to a given account.
In a statement on its Facebook page yesterday, the ministry said: "We have received feedback that members of the public have received suspicious calls from a person who claimed to be an MOM officer, asking them to transfer money to an account to settle issues related to their stay in Singapore or work pass application. The phone number displayed on the receiver’s phone is that of the MOM Contact Centre’s hotline (6438 5122)."
Saying that these calls are not authentic, it added: "Our MOM officers will not make such calls for any fund transfers. We have advised the affected individuals to lodge police reports."
The MOM said it takes such incidents seriously since they undermine public trust in the ministry. It advises those who receive such calls to ignore them and not to transfer any money to the caller via any means. They are also urged to report the matter to the police immediately.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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