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Who Are You? Avoiding Impersonation Scams

Never divulge your personal information online.

By Singapore Police Force      19 March 2021

It’s alright to be sceptical

We’ve said this a million times and we’ll say it again because it’s just so darn important:  Do not give out your personal information to anyone without verification. This includes your credit card details, NRIC number, bank account number and OTPs, to name a few. Basically, if it has anything to do with your hard-earned money or your identity, keep it to yourself. This is one scenario where it’s perfectly fine for you to be sceptical and to question the need for such information, especially via a phone call, messaging app or social media.

We can all prevent ourselves from becoming a victim of social media impersonation scams by being vigilant.

Remember, if we can spot the signs, we can stop the crimes.

Did You Know….

  • The number of Social Media Impersonation scams increased by 283% to 3,010 cases in 2020, from 786 in 2019.
  • The total amount cheated increased to at least $5.5 million in 2020, from at least $3.1 million in 2019.

Have you encountered online impersonators? Share your experience with us at magnsman@sph.com.sg


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