Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore warns people of new scam variants

Over S$71,000 lost to scam variants during first half of June

Singapore. June is proving to be a hunting season for scammers, with new scam variants popping up since the start of the month. In the first half of June alone, 67 victims have lost more than S$71,000 to new scams.

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has issued multiple advisories from 8 June to 13 June to alert Singaporeans of these new scam variants.

The new scam variants involved fake emails with suspicious attachments, WhatsApp calls from fake accounts with the IRAS logo in their profile photo and fraudulent calls and emails from people posing as IRAS officers.

As the travel season picks up, many scammers have also involved various travel agencies in their scams.

Aside from these, new phishing scams have also popped up, with scammers posing as officers from SP Group and PUB, convincing people to click on a fraudulent link and provide their personal and banking details to get a refund.

Read: Over 415 victims of parcel delivery phishing scams in Singapore since Jan

There are also scammers who pretend to be cleaning service providers on different social media platforms.

DBS Bank has taken action to fight scams after more than 60 victims have lost over S$60,000 in total due to scammers sending SMSs from senders with names like “DBS-Notice” and “SG DBS.”

Eight people have been arrested for their involvement in scams.

To know more about these scams, visit scamalert.sg or call the Anti-Scam Hotline on 1800-722-6688. To report scams, call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000.

Read: Phishing scams in Singapore involving Carousell on the rise

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