KUALA LUMPUR: Scammers via online scams raked in a whopping RM186,027,122.72 from their victims in the first eight months of this year, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Azis Jamman said the amount was from 3,533 cases that were recorded between January and August.
He said the number of online scams recorded nationwide for 2018 stood at 4,956 cases and involved a total loss of RM224,653,895.18.
Azis said this in reply to Datuk Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (PH-Sabak Bernam) who asked on the number of online fraud cases, the number of victims, the accrued losses for 2019, and the government’s measures to curb the scams.
“From the total losses reported for the year 2019, a total of RM 79,483,843.43 losses were attributed to Macau Scam alone, involving 1,612 cases,” he said
Azis said in order to prevent online scams from continuing, various efforts had been undertaken by police to curb the fraudulent syndicates, including increasing law enforcement, operations, arrests, and subsequently prosecuting those involved in fraud.
“Police also developed a portal to enable the public to check the telephone numbers of the syndicates and bank accounts used by the syndicates in dealing with victims’ money transfer. This can be done through http://ccid.rmp.gov.my portal /semakmule,” he said.
Azis also said a Facebook account had also been established by the police to share and warn the public of any threats or cybercrime happening through the “Cyber Crime Alert Royal Malaysia Police” account.
The account, he said, was meant to increase awareness campaigns in shopping complexes and public spaces.
As of March this year, a Cyber Crime Technical committee comprising personnel from police and the Multimedia and Communications Ministry had also been set-up to combat online fraud, Azis said.
Police had also set up a task force named Internet Banking Task Force Group, comprising the police, telecommunications companies and local bank institutions since 2004.