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Family loses RM400 in death cert scam | #onlinescams | #scams | #cybersecurity | #informationsecurity


Compiled by DIYANA PFORDTEN, OH ING YEEN and R. ARAVINTHAN

AN Indian family in Kajang was cheated of RM400 by a scammer pretending to be an officer at the National Registration Department, Makkal Osai reported.The family members in Sg Chua, who were still mourning the passing of their father, received a phone call from someone claiming to be a government officer.

The caller told the family that they had not properly reported the death and might face legal action. The scammer then demanded money to be banked into an account, failing which they would not be able to get the death certificate needed for the burial.

The family did as instructed and only realised that they had been cheated when a relative alerted them of such a scam.

A report was lodged with the police who urged the people to be more vigilant of such scams, which were prevalent during MCO.

Another woman in the same area was also said to have lost RM1,000 in a similar scam.

> More than 270 pupils from 50 Tamil schools took part in the Science Kid e-challenge for Tamil primary schools organised by the Vetri Association, Malaysia Nanban reported.

The competition, held online for pupils aged between 10 and 12, saw them tackling various science-related challenges over 10 days.

The challenge attracted the pupils from at least 10 states.

Criminologist and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia senior lecturer Dr Mohammad Rahim Kamaluddin, who heads the association, said the competition was lauded by parents for helping to cultivate interest in science among primary school pupils.

Science adviser Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan said such competitions could also help to engage the pupils actively as they were unable to attend classes during the MCO.

The event coordinator said all the winners would receive cash prizes and certificates.The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ‘ >’sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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