On Wednesday (21 August), Changi Airport Group (CAG) released a statement alerting public of scam calls that has been going around where the caller asks individuals for their bank account numbers to claim a prize in the ‘Be A Changi Millionaire’ promotion.
The Group said that it received nine reports of such scam calls made with Viber app and has reported the matter to the police.
“Checks by CAG has revealed that the scammers would start by contacting their potential victim using a Viber account with an on-screen display image taken from the ‘Be a Changi Millionaire’ campaign advertisement,” the statement read.
In case an individual answers the call, then the scammer would ask the victim a few questions and requests information, including the recipient’s bank account number as a condition for receiving a cash prize.
In fact, some of those who received the scam call did not even participate in the Millionaire promotion in the first place.
CAG emphasised that it is committed in protecting its customers’ information, hence “will not contact participants in the Millionaire draw to ask for details such as bank account or identification numbers over the phone”.
As such, it noted that anyone who received suspicious calls, e-mails or other communications purportedly from CAG or its representatives should contact [email protected] or +65 9658 5945.
In addition, CAG also said that a ‘phone scam’ alert has been posted on its digital and social media channels to stop others from becoming a scam victim
This scam alert was brought up after police announced on Wednesday that 92 reports of China officials impersonations scams were received from January to May 2019, with at least S$5.3 million cheated from victims.