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The police have observed an emergence of a new variant of scams whereby scammers would pose as procurement officers from local universities and induce unsuspecting companies into delivering goods with promises of payments at a later date.
In such cases, the companies would receive e-mails purportedly sent by a procurement officer from a local university, asking for quotations for various items (mostly electronics and IT-related items).
The scammers would use emails bearing the template ‘procurement@___edu-sg.com’ to convince companies that they were genuine.
The following are some examples:
Once an agreement has been made, a purchase order (PO) would be sent to the company via email.
The company’s staff would believe they received a genuine email and PO from the university and would deliver the goods to the delivery address indicated in the PO.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the delivery address indicated in the POs of such scams usually belonged to freight forwarding companies engaged by the scammers to ship the goods overseas (i.e. to UK, Gambia, and Nigeria).
No payments were eventually received.
The police would like to advise companies to adopt the following preventive measures:
If you wish to provide any information related to such scams, please call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit it online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness. For urgent Police assistance, please dial ‘999’.
To seek scam-related advice, you may call the anti-scam helpline at 1800- 722-6688 or go to www.scamalert.sg. Join the ‘let’s fight scams’ campaign at www.scamalert.sg/fight by signing up as an advocate to receive up-to-date messages and share them with your family and friends.