It has come to Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB)'s attention that an email was sent from email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" claiming that the recipient of the email had an inheritance fund which was transferred from the US to Singapore in Director CNB Mr Ng Ser Song's name. The transfer was allegedly stopped by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
The sender demanded that money be sent immediately to Nigeria. The email also claimed that the recipient of the email would be arrested and imprisoned by the Singapore government if he or she did not comply to send the money by a certain date.
CNB would like to clarify that this is a scam. CNB does not ask for payment from members of public; nor do we get involved in inheritance-related matters. Police had been notified.
Members of the public who receive emails exhorting for funds should not remit any money; and should call Police immediately should they require assistance.
The public is advised to take the following preventive measures when interacting online:
- Be wary of messages from unknown people who want to befriend you.
- Do not give personal details about yourself when interacting with other internet users.
- If anyone attempts to extort money from you or should you become a victim of such an attempt, call the police immediately.
- Do not remit or transfer money.
CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU
12 JUNE 2013