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Ministry of Finance warns public of fake messages and calls involved in SG Bonus scams

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When it comes to keying in your details for hundreds of dollars for free, most folks would just jump on it without a thought. It’s the perfect opportunity for a con, and scammers have apparently been busy trying to get Singaporeans to divulge their personal information through an SG Bonus-related fraud.

By this December, 2.8 million Singaporean citizens aged 21 and above this year will receive up to $300 wired to their bank accounts as part of the government’s SG Bonus payout — monetary fruits of the nation’s development. Scammers apparently have been capitalizing on this fact by creating phishing sites that look similar to official government web portals, with the intent on getting NRIC or passport numbers out of those who aren’t careful enough. Check out this page (with a shady URL sg-gov.com) that misspells “middle”.

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The Ministry of Finance is aware of the scams going around and have since sounded off to citizens to be mindful of any fake texts, emails or calls. The actual URL to refer to for SG Bonus is included, as well as the proper screenshot samples of official text messages.

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Singaporeans are also encouraged to log in to the SG Bonus website (the actual one) to see if they’re eligible for the benefit, check how much they’ll be getting, or update their banking details.

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