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36-yr-old man arrested for police impersonation scam

A 36-year-old man was arrested on Monday (25 July) due to his alleged involvement in a scam which he impersonated as a police officer to cheat another of confidential banking details and transferred money from the bank account to his own.

Singapore Police Force (SPF) shared on its Facebook Page that they received a report from a bank saying that a man made suspicious transactions from his bank account on Monday ( 25 July). Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department and Commercial Affairs Department then proceeded with their investigation on the matter.

Preliminary investigations showed that around 10 am in the morning, a 37-year-old woman was being called by a man who said that he was a Police officer. The man then asked her to provide her internet banking credentials and One-Time Password for investigation purposes.

Later in that day, she discovered that as much as $32,000 had been transferred from her bank’s account to the suspect’s bank account.

At 5.45am on the same day, the police arrested the suspect via a Police operation.

The suspect will be charged in Court today (27 July), with the offence of Dishonestly Receiving Stolen Property, which carries an imprisonment term of up to five years, or with fine, or with both.

There had been various impersonations of government agencies that took place in recent days.

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) alerted members of public that a company had sent people to impersonate the SCDF members. They forced people to buy fire extinguishers and some even threatened that they will be fined if the houses are not equipped with fire extinguisher.
SPF also warned people that there are individuals who are impersonating government officials. Such impersonators would tell the victim that there is a parcel on his/her name and he/she needed to pay some amount of money in order to avoid further investigation.
The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) also warned members of public that some people had impersonated as CNB officers. The suspects would tell the victim that they had cases with CNB via WhatsApp and was then told to send some money to stop the investigation.
 Ministry of Manpower (MOM) also alerted the people about their officers being impersonated. Suspects called victims and asked for money to resolve issues related to their stay in Singapore or work pass application.