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Enter the QR code on the printed flyer is fake: S’pore Police – Mothership.SG

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Scammers are now using physical QR codes to trick victims into divulging their personal information.

Sengkang District Police Center warned On Wednesday, February 23, Singaporeans should beware of a scam involving a printed flyer allegedly offering a S$20 GrabFood voucher when scanning a QR code.

The flyer was designed to look authentic by including the slogan “Don’t hangry, Be happy”.

Reading the QR code would lead to a request for personal data.

Photo via NPC Sengkang.

Flyer not created or approved by Grab

Grab clarified that the flyer is not created or endorsed by them.

Grab said there are no promotions that require users to scan a QR code for voucher redemption.

Singpass QR Code Scam

On Tuesday (February 22), police warned of another scam that tricks victims into scanning Singpass QR codes.

The victims would then unknowingly give the scammers access to their personal digital services.

Scammers would create fake surveys and promise monetary rewards for participating.

After completing the survey, the scammers would ask victims to scan a Singpass QR code with their Singpass app.

Photo via Singapore Police.

However, the Singpass QR code provided by the crooks was a screenshot taken from a legitimate website, and by scanning the QR code and authorizing the transaction without further verification, the victims would be tricked into giving the crooks the access to their online services.

Many government agencies, banks and telecommunications companies use Singpass to authenticate access to its services.

Scammers would use this access for fraudulent purposes, such as registering businesses, signing up for new mobile lines or opening bank accounts in the victim’s name, police said.

Victims only realize that something was wrong when they receive notifications in the Singpass inbox that their personal data has been recovered, or when the telecom service provider or bank notifies the victim of the transactions .

Singpass will never send QR codes via SMS or WhatsApp

Police reminded the public to beware of such scams and said Singpass would never send QR codes via SMS, WhatsApp or other unofficial messaging platforms.

The police highlighted a few things to note to avoid falling prey to such scams:

  1. Never scan a Singpass QR code sent by someone else. You only need to scan the Singpass QR code on the official website of the e-service you want to access, or tap the Singpass QR codes on the official apps of these e-services.
  2. Always check with official sources if the information you have received is sent by the organization and if the transaction involves authentication using the Singpass app
  3. After scanning a Singpass QR code, always check the consent screen on your Singpass app to verify the legitimacy of the digital service you are accessing. Make sure the domain URL displayed on your Singpass app matches the one in the browser’s address bar. Otherwise, do not press the “Login” button on the consent screen.
  4. Never give out your Singpass ID, password and two-factor authentication (2FA) information to third parties.

Any suspicious activity can be reported to the Singpass Helpline by calling 6335 3533.

Those with information relating to such crimes can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit an online submission atwww.police.gov.sg/iwitness.

For urgent police assistance, call 999.

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Top photo via Sengkang NPC/FB.