So far this year, Johor commercial crimes investigations unit has registered losses totalling RM138.5mil.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said this was an increase compared to losses of RM12.3mil for the same period last year.
He said criminal breach of trust (CBT) was the highest this year, with losses amounting to RM122mil.
“Statistics show that cheating topped the list, with 581 cases, followed by unlicensed money lenders (59 cases) and CBT (39 cases),” he said.
He added that 365 cases were charged this year compared to 236 last year.
“I hope the public will be smart and not become victims of cyber crimes,” he said.
Comm Ayob said among the rampant scams statewide included African/Parcel and Love scams whereby the victims befriend people from overseas via social media who then send parcels, gifts or items.
“However the victims then are required to pay to get the items,” he said, adding that another rampant scam was the loan scams whereby people have to pay up front money for all sorts of charges before getting their money.
Comm Ayob said another rampant scam was the Macau scam where the suspects impersonate policemen, court officials, Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission officers or other enforcement officials, claiming that the victim’s accounts would be frozen to assist in investigations.
On problems faced during investigations, Comm Ayob said this included victims who were unable to provide supporting documents and information needed from third parties such as the banks, telecommunication companies and other agencies.
Comm Ayob said there were cases where the syndicates used “mule accounts” belonging to others to carry out fraud and avoid detection.
On another issue, he said that police were investigating at least six reports of fake news about the spread of Covid-19 in the state.
“So far we have not made any arrest but we are waiting for feedback from the Communications and Multimedia Commission,” he added.
Those with information on crime are urged to contact the police hotline at 07-221 2999.
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