Impersonation Scam

WHAT IS AN Impersonation Scam?

There are several variations of this scam. In many variations of this scam, it involves a phone call from someone purporting to be a government official (e.g. a police officer, immigration officer or court official) or staff from a bank or telecommunication service provider. 

China Officials Impersonation Scam

In this scam, the caller might claim to be a government official, an employee or representative of a Chinese bank or courier company. The caller might claim that your identity was used to send parcels containing fake passports or weapons, or to apply for overseas credit cards. They then refer you to another caller claiming to be a Chinese official, who will ask — or even threaten — you to give them personal information such as your passport or bank account number, internet banking credentials or One-Time Password (OTP).

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  • Calls or messages from courier companies, telcos or government agencies asking you for your personal particulars, bank account details, or OTPs
  • Scare tactics that link you to crimes such as pending court cases, your mobile number being used in a crime, that your
  • Beware of incoming calls with the "+" prefix. The ‘+’ sign prefix will be displayed on phone screens for all international incoming calls. Exercise extra caution when picking up such phone calls, especially if you are not expecting any overseas calls. 
  • Never disclose personal

What you should look out for

  • Calls or messages from courier companies, telcos or government agencies asking you for your personal particulars, bank account details, or OTPs
  • Scare tactics that link you to crimes such as pending court cases, your mobile number being used in a crime, that your

What you should do

  • Beware of incoming calls with the "+" prefix. The ‘+’ sign prefix will be displayed on phone screens for all international incoming calls. Exercise extra caution when picking up such phone calls, especially if you are not expecting any overseas calls. 
  • Never disclose personal

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