KUCHING: Fraud cases in Sarawak increased to 293 cases between January and August this year, compared with 183 cases during the same period last year.
Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Yow Kok Khiang said during this period there was a significant increase of cases relating to criminal breach of trust – 85 cases (33 last year) and “African scam” – 24 cases (16 last year).
Others comprise bomoh cheating _ 16 cases (previous year four), Internet fraud – 48 cases (15 last year) and toto gambling – 22 cases (last year five).
However, he said, the overall number of commercial crime cases reported to the state police between January and Aug 31 this year, fell slightly to 3,251, compared with 3,286 cases in the same period last year.
Speaking at a press conference here yesterday, he said criminal breach of trust cases involving clerks or servants recorded the highest amount of money lost reaching RM8.42mil, followed by criminal breach of trust by civil servants totalling RM4.06mil.
“The bomoh cheating cases amounted to a loss of RM1.05mil, while the 'African scam' including ‘love scam' fraud involved a total of RM930,520," he told Bernama.
Yow said during that period they also arrested 126 people suspected of various cheating cases, and 36 involved in criminal breach of trust cases.
He said one of the reasons many still fell prey to fraudulent crimes was because of greed, complacency, lack of information, vulnerability, and the attitude of always trying to find an easy way to get things done.
He advised the public to be vigilant and cautious in all their dealings.
Meanwile, ANDY CHUA reports: Old habit dies hard. This holds true to two habitual snatch thieves with police records who struck again – twice on a single day.
The duo, aged 19 and 31, had earlier at 9.30am on Thursday snatched away the handbag of a 50-year-old woman while she was walking alone in Jalan Lai Chee.
The victim reported to the police that her handbag contained two identity cards, an ATM card, RM80 cash and a physical disability card.
As if that was not enough, the duo hit it again three hours.
This time a 23-year-old woman was their victim in Hardin Walk. She lost RM400 cash and several documents which was kept in her handbag.
The police, however, managed to track and arrested the thieves at two separate houses in Kampung Sentosa two hours later after the second incident.
Seized from them was a Modenas motorcycle which they had used it to commission commit the crime.
The 19-year old younger suspect had just recently being released on a court bail for robbing a 70-year-old man of his money while the victim was having a morning exercising at the Bukit Lima Forest Park in May this year.
The other suspect had also previously being put in a police lock-up also had a record for a similar offence.