KUALA LUMPUR: Verify everything because you might be a cyber criminal’s next target.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department’s principal assistant director (Cyber Crimes and Multimedia Investigations) Senior Asst Comm Ahmad Noordin Saleh said “a sceptical mind is always the best defence”, especially when it comes to money.
“Whatever message you receive, verify it first. These scammers are sending out messages at random.
“For them, getting you to call them back is already winning half the battle. All they have to do from then on is to gain your trust.”
SAC Ahmad Noordin said this yesterday at a seminar on cyber security at the ELM Business School, HELP University, here.
Gaining someone’s trust, said SAC Ahmad Noordin, was not as difficult as it seemed because it was a skill that could be learnt easily.
He revealed that cyber crimes that were worrying involved fake loans, telecommunication fraud and B.E.C (Business Email Compromise) cases.
“In January alone, until today (Jan 24), we already have cases on fake loans that amounted to a total of RM32mil. And these are just the reported ones,” he said.
And with the rising concern over theft of personal data, SAC Ahmad Noordin called on the public to be more vigilant.
“Always ensure your antivirus programmes are up to date. And never do banking or business transactions on a public WiFi because you never know who is already on it,” he said.
Director of the Institute of Crime and Criminology Datuk Akhbar Satar, who also spoke at the seminar, expressed his concerns over the growing problem of cyber crimes.
“Unlike conventional crime, it (cyber crime) has low risks, but high rewards,” said Akhbar.
He called on lawmakers and the authorities to implement a “national cyber crime plan” in order to ensure the laws used were not obsolete.
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