RM15 mln in losses due to cyber crime activity reported in Padawan

Padawan district police chief Supt Aidil Bolhasan.

KUCHING, May 28: Padawan district Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) has recorded a total of 81 fraud cases involving losses up to RM15 million this year.

Padawan district police chief Supt Aidil Bolhasan said since Jan 1 to May 27, the reports received involved scams like online shopping and fake moneylending.

“Most of the victims were women aged between 25 and 65. The suspect’s modus operandi starts with offers through telephone call, WhatsApp or Facebook App by saying they can help ‘victims’ from legal court action. Suspects will then convince victims to pay either by cash, bank-in or online transfer before disappearing.

“As of today, the total loss is estimated at RM15 million,” Aidil said in a statement.

Advising the public to be careful and vigilant at all times of cyber crime and its various modus operandi, he pointed out that one must not panic when receiving such calls from impersonators.

“Do not fall or easily believe in them. Remain calm, alert and stop the conversation by immediately switching off the telephone line. Do not panic. Immediately contact your nearest police station for assistance to avoid being a victim,” he added.—DayakDaily