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18 arrests made by Singapore police, 21 under probe over government officials impersonation scam

ANN/THE STRAITS TIMES – The Singapore police arrested 18 people and are investigating 21 others for suspected involvement in a government officials impersonation scam.

They are aged between 16 and 55. This came after an islandwide anti-scam enforcement operation between October 21 and November 6, the police said.

The police said they received a report about a victim who lost more than SGD90,000 through a government officials impersonation scam.

They investigated and found that the amount had been withdrawn from ATMs that same day after it went through a complex network of bank accounts.

The day before, the male victim received a call from a woman who claimed to be from DBS Bank. She alleged that someone tried to make three bank transfers from the victim’s DBS account to a UOB account.

Photos show mobile phones, SIM cards, bank cards and bank correspondences seized by the police, and a fake police warrant card. PHOTO: THE STAR