Be alert to cheats using finance minister's name, public told


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 10 Mar 2019

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The public has been advised to be careful following an online cheating case using the names of the Finance Ministry (MOF) and its minister Lim Guan Eng.

Lim Guan Eng's press secretary, Lutfi Hakim, said the case was detected after a document and postal address which appeared "official" to confuse and cheat the public.

He said this was revealed when an individual from the Philippines sent an e-mail to MOF's official address to get confirmation whether a letter he received was genuinely issued by the ministry.

He said the individual had received an email from MOF's email address together with a letter dated March 4 which contained the signature of the finance minister.

‘'The email and letter contained information that MOF had confirmed that a United Nation's diplomat by the name of 'Bleck Dildrop' has been authorised by the ministry to handle the individual's transaction.

"The individual was told to make a payment of US$30,000 to the diplomat following which Bleck Dildrop would send a box to his address in the Philippines."

He said the letter contained Lim's signature in his capacity as the finance minister and a member of the “government secretariat executive council".

According to Lutfi, MOF and Lim had never issued such a letter and had no knowledge of the box over which a payment had to be made as stated in the letter.

The letter was fake and had been issued to cheat people, he added.

Lutfi said a police report had been lodged at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters on the matter.

He advised the public to seek confirmation over any information on MOF through the official channel as found on the ministry's website at http://www.treasury.gov.my/ - Bernama


   

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