Scammers target S’pore Prime Minister in fake email scam


Lee posted a photo of the email on Oct 3, which the scammers had created to look like it came from the Singapore Prime Minister's Office. — Bloomberg

SINGAPORE: Scammers have been sending out fake emails purportedly from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as they continue to target personalities, including government leaders, in pushing various scams.

PM Lee posted a photo of the email on Oct 3, which the scammers had created to look like it came from the Prime Minister's Office.

The scammers had created the email to look like it came from the SG Prime Minister’s Office. — LEE HSIEN LOONG/Facebook/STThe scammers had created the email to look like it came from the SG Prime Minister’s Office. — LEE HSIEN LOONG/Facebook/ST

“The content of the e-mail varies – the example here thanks the recipient for their contributions to Singapore.

“The scammers are relentless,” said Lee, adding that people who receive such emails should ignore them, and not forward them to friends or family.

“We all need to stay vigilant and extra careful. If in doubt, do check first before you proceed,” PM Lee said.

Singapore police had warned the public in June to remain vigilant against fake online articles that purportedly show PM Lee endorsing cryptocurrency auto-trading programs.

These articles, which are usually paid advertisements, act as “clickbait”, as they direct users to different websites once they click on links within these articles.

Scammers had similarly targeted Singapore’s Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong and Health Minister Ong Ye Kung and falsely linked them to products online. – The Straits Times (Singapore)/Asia News Network

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