Be wary of SMS phishing scams impersonating Land Transport Authority (LTA)
Find out how to prevent you and your loved ones from being the next victim of phishing scams
There have been recent reports regarding SMS phishing scams involving unpaid fines or bills to the Land Transport Authority (LTA). Please be reminded that LTA does not ask for payment via URL links in its SMS alerts on offence notices, vehicle registration and licensing matters.
Read on to find out how the scam is being carried out and what tovdo to prevent from being a scam victim.
How the scam is carried out
Victims would receive text messages that were purportedly from LTA notifying them of unpaid bills or fines. Upon clicking on a link embedded in the SMS to view information regarding the supposed fines, the victims will be directed to a spoofed “OneMotoring” website instead where they will be prompted to provide their credit or debit card details and one-time passwords (OTPs). Unauthorised transactions will then be made with their cards.
Example of the phishing SMS and website:
Checklist to safeguard yourself from phishing scams
1. DO NOT click on URL links provided in these text messages
2. ALWAYS VERIFY the authenticity of the information with the official sources or website
3. NEVER DISCLOSE your personal or internet banking details and OTP to anyone
4. REPORT any fraudulent credit/debit card charges to your bank and cancel your card immediately
Watch the video below to learn more on the scam examples and how you can protect yourself.