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Tricksters impersonating Supreme Court staff and police officers


Phone Scams Impersonating Supreme Court Staff And Police Officers

Police would like to alert the public of a phone scam where callers impersonate themselves as police officers or staff from the Supreme Court.
The impersonators would direct them to attend court or request for transfer of monies and attempt to induce their victims into parting with money, presumably to exonerate them from involvement in criminal cases or for failure to attend court hearings. In reality, the victims were not involved in any such criminal or court proceedings.
Over the past 3 weeks, Police have received 35 reports by victims who have received such calls, of which a victim have parted with about S$10,000.
During the course of Police work, investigators will sometimes inform members of the public over the phone on Court dates and appointments at the police station for police statements.
However, police will never ask for money to be deposited into a bank account. If such requests for property deposits or personal information disclosure are received, they should be reported to the police immediately.
They may take different forms but these scams are designed to cheat victims into parting with their money. The public is advised to be wary. When in doubt, the public is advised to verify the caller's identity with the agency or organisation the caller claims to be from.

18 October 2007 at 7.30pm

Source: Media Release 18 Oct 2007

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