SINGAPORE: About S$22,000 was lost in less than a week due to phishing scams involving unpaid Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) tolls, said the police on Tuesday (Oct 18).
The Singapore Police Force said it has received at least 20 reports since Oct 13.
Victims of such phishing scams would receive text messages, purportedly from the Land Transport Authority (LTA), notifying them of unpaid bills or fines.
A URL link would be embedded in the messages and some of the messages would show that it was sent from ERP.
Victims were directed to a fraudulent website after clicking on the URL, and were asked to provide their credit or debit card details and one-time passwords (OTPs).
“Victims would subsequently discover unauthorised transactions made to their credit or debit cards,” said the police, adding that this was a new variant of phishing scams.
The police advised members of the public to not click on URL links provided in unsolicited text messages, to always verify the authenticity of the information with the official sources or websites, and not to disclose personal or Internet banking details and OTPs to anyone.
They also advised people to report any fraudulent credit or debit card charges to their bank and to cancel their card immediately.