PKR leader: Personal data easily available even to loan sharks

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 12 Jul 2019

PERSONAL data seems to be widely available to insurance agents and even loan sharks, according to a Melaka Pakatan Harapan official.

State PKR Youth vice-chief Naqiuddin Nazrin said feedback received from members suggested that fraudsters claiming to be representing insurance firms and loan providers had access to the person’s details.

“We need to look into a more comprehensive data protection law to protect the innocent from being scammed,” he said.

Naqiuddin said calls from unknown parties were getting rampant, including those from online sales agencies.

“Authorities should look into how personal data is being made available to strangers,” he added.

Meanwhile, those who received such calls from strangers

claimed the latter even had

their MyKad details.

J. Krishna, 50, said he received a call from a person claiming to be an insurance agent who had his old home address in Kota Baru, Kelantan.

“I used to work in Kelantan between 2002 and 2006. The caller could give me exact details about the house I lived at previously,” he said.

Krishna, who is from Alor Gajah, said the caller wanted to sell new insurance policies to him.

A salesman who wanted to be known only as Chung, 43, from Bandar Hilir, said he received a call from a person offering a personal loan.

“The strange part was that the caller knew my full name which I seldom use as most of my friends know me only by my nickname,” he said.

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