SIBU: The public are urged to be extra cautious on social media to avoid falling prey to online scams.
Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Zailanni Amit said despite the modus operandi being reported repeatedly in the media, online cheating continued to happen.
ACP Zailanni said from January to September this year, there were 13 cases reported here involving a total loss of RM256,186.
“Most of the victims were women aged between 23 and 64,” he said.
On the modus operandi, the police chief said that in most cases, the victim would be promised a gift as a sign of friendship after getting to know either a man or woman via social media.
“The victims then receive a call, supposedly from customs or courier service company, telling them that there is a parcel for them.
“The caller would ask the victim to pay for the tax in order to collect the parcel.
“Only after payment has been made and they fail to contact the sender, that they finally realise they have been cheated,’ he said.
He advised the people who received such calls to verify its authenticity with the nearest Customs office.
“Do not believe anything said by the caller,” added ACP Zailanni.