Advisory on Overseas Impersonation Scam

Advisory on Overseas Impersonation Scam

           The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) is aware that individuals overseas have received calls and documents purporting to come from CPIB. The calls indicate that certain individuals are being investigated by CPIB and they will be asked to transfer money to a bank account as part of the investigation. To lend legitimacy to the scam, a document featuring CPIB’s logo and a sign-off by a CPIB officer may be transmitted to the individual. CPIB would like to clarify that these calls were not made by our officers. The documents are also found to be fictitious in nature. Some tell-tale signs in the documents include using a foreign language and insignia.

2         Members of the public are advised to take the following precautions if they receive such calls and purported CPIB documents which may be dubious in nature:

•    Call CPIB’s hotline at 1800-376-0000 for assistance to verify the authenticity of the call and documents.

•    Do not remit or transfer any money for any transactions based on instructions which may be included in such calls or documents.

•    Refrain from providing personal information such as your One-Time Password (OTP) and bank details to the caller or sender. 

3         CPIB takes a serious view of the impersonation of public agencies for undesirable or scam purposes. If you have any information on suspected scams based on the impersonation of CPIB or its officers, please call the CPIB hotline at 1800-376-0000, the Police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit it online at

4         For more information on scams, members of the public can visit or call the Anti-Scam Hotline at 1800-722-6688.



Last updated: 01 Jul 2021