With multiple scam types cheating victims of millions, members of the public have been extra cautious when it comes to revealing personal information.

In a recent case, a scam alert warning the public of a letter from the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board asking recipients to update their bank accounts went viral online.

The letter starts with “Dear CPF Member,” followed by a notice that the agency failed to credit the monthly payout for February 2022 to the member’s POSB bank account because it was invalid.

In the caption, the concerned individual wrote, “Scam alert…Fake CPF letter. Warn all your friends or relatives.”

Photo: FB screengrab/CPF Board

The CPF Board announced in a Facebook post on Mar 11 that the scam alert was false and the letter was legitimate.

“If unsure, always check with CPFB directly. Making wrongful claims without verifying with us is unhelpful and irresponsible,” said CPF Board.

“Whenever a new bank account is given, CPFB will verify it directly with the bank to ensure that it belongs to the member. Therefore, any CPF payouts will always go to the member.”

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Photo: FB screengrab/CPF Board

Meanwhile, netizens wondered if they could really call the agency to confirm or verify.

“Try calling any govt agency. Getting thru is like strike lottery,” said a Facebook user in a comment on CPF Board’s post, garnering numerous likes.

A netizen said he tried calling at 2 am and got the same recorded response that the agency was experiencing a high call volume or all officers were busy at the moment.

Meanwhile, a Facebook user noted it was a good thing that a scam alert was posted regarding the letter, albeit false.

“Isn’t it a good thing that our population are vigilant? Instead of blaming people as irresponsible, perhaps you should view it in another light,” advised the Facebook user.

Others provided another way to verify government letters, such as through a QR code.

“How are the elderly going to verify the letter if they are not savvy with technology to contact you guys? I wonder if there’s a way to include a QR code on the top of the letter so that users can scan using the Singpass app to verify gov letters before taking action?” a netizen suggested./TISG

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ByHana O