Almost 130% increase in online scam losses in Sibu

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 08 Oct 2019

SIBU: More people are losing their money to online scams and cheating cases, which have reached an alarming level in the district.

The financial losses from these cases have increased from RM6.1mil in 2018 to RM14mil in just the first nine months of this year.

Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit expressed unhappiness over the increasing cases of cheating, saying the victims were too gullible and easily conned by online scammers.

“These victims transferred their money to strangers who used scare tactics, ” he said.

In most of the reported cases, the victims were duped into believing their names had either been used for drug trafficking or money laundering.

The scammers fooled the victims into transferring their money into another account to prevent the “authorities” from freezing their funds for investigation purposes.

Victims soon realised their would not be getting their money back.

ACP Stanley said there were 169 cheating cases in 2018 compared to 154 so far this year until end of last month.

A total of 61 arrests were made in connection with these cheating cases last year, while the figure for this year stands at 64.

ACP Stanley advised the public to be alert and not entertain calls from strangers using scare tactics to relieve them of their hard-earned money.

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