Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024

TL;DR – Be careful.

It’s free money SG Bonus season and with it, comes opportunists who have been trying to get Singaporeans to divulge their personal details in SG Bonus-related scams.

(For the uninitiated, the SG Bonus was announced in Budget 2018 to share the fruits of Singapore’s development with Singaporeans. All eligible Singaporeans will receive hardcopy letter notifications on their SG Bonus benefit from 2 October 2018. Those who have registered their mobile numbers with SingPass will also receive SMS notifications.)

In a Facebook post uploaded on Tuesday 9 October, the Ministry of Finance cautioned the public to be mindful of any fake texts, emails or calls informing them about their SG Bonus payouts.

In short, these are how the official SMS notifications look like,

Yet to sign up for SG Bonus
Signed up for SG Bonus

And this is an example of how a fake SG Bonus text message looks like,

Singaporeans should also be wary of sham websites requesting for your details such as this example of a fake government websites uploaded by Facebook user Karen Wong,

Even though the fake website feature the logo but if you take a closer look, the form has several typos and the URL ends with a “.com” instead of the government websites’ usual “” domain name.

Be careful, guys.

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By Zahra