23 June 2016
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SINGAPORE — If you get a call from a stranger asking you to download an app onto your smartphone, think twice.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday (June 22), the police said they have been informed of cases where some people have received phone calls from scammers claiming to be from courier companies or pretending to be government officials. These scammers then instruct their victims to download a certain app onto their mobile phones.
“These applications when downloaded may introduce malware into mobile phones that may allow scammers to gain access to any incoming messages which could lead to the theft of banking credentials and other personal information,” said the police.
They have advised the public to take extra precautions when receiving such calls.
The Police have been informed by members of public who had received phone calls purportedly from courier companies and/or government officials, instructing them to download certain applications onto their mobile phones.
These applications when downloaded may introduce malware into their mobile phones that may allow scammers to gain access to any incoming messages which could lead to the theft of banking credentials and other personal information.
Public are advised to be wary when receiving calls from unknown origins and to do the following:
• Ignore such calls;
• Do not follow the caller’s instructions to install any applications onto your phone;
• Never give out personal information and bank details, whether on the website or to callers over the phone. No government agency will inform you to make a payment through a telephone call or ask you to provide information such as your bank username, password or OTP codes; and
• Call the Police hotline at 1800-255 0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness should you have information related to such crime. Dial ‘999’ if urgent Police assistance is required.
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