Police encourages public to download Whoscall app to identify unknown callers in bid to combat scam

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KUCHING, June 6: The public is strongly advised to download the ‘Whoscall’ mobile app from either the Google Play Store or Apple Store that will help in identifying unknown callers and messages (SMS).

Sarawak Police Commissioner Dato Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri said the app will greatly aid in making informed decisions about answering phone calls.

“The app was developed in collaboration with the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (JSJK) and enables phone numbers listed in the JSJK mule check database system to be marked as potential scammers by Whoscall,” he said in a statement today.

This recommendation follows a surge in online scams, with the most recent case involving a 33-year-old salesman who lost nearly RM525,000 to an investment scheme promoted on social media.

In addition to using Whoscall, Mohd Azman also urged the public to scan the QR code on JSJK’s official social media account and commercial crime e-book to obtain the latest information on commercial crime modus operandi.

For further assistance or to report information regarding online crime cases, the public can contact the Commercial Crime Investigation Department Infoline at 013-2111222 (WhatsApp/SMS).

It is also advisable to check suspect phone numbers and bank accounts using the JSJK’s Check Scammers app or visiting the website http://semakmule.rmp.gov.my before engaging in any financial transactions.

To stay updated on cyber-related crimes, individuals are encouraged to visit JSJK’s official social media accounts, namely JSJKPDRM and CYBERCRIMEALERTRMP, on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. — DayakDaily