“Sometimes it goes up or down a bit, but on average the losses are estimated to be that high every year,” he said after officiating at a forum on cyber and telecommunications crimes at the department headquarters here on Wednesday (Aug 7).
He said that currently telecommunication scams and e-commerce fraud topped the list as the biggest contributors to losses.
Comm Zakaria also told the press that he had been targeted by scammers before.
“Even I have gotten those (scam) calls. It was strange as to how they got my details because the information was correct. How did they know this information and who gave it to them? This is the problem. We also don’t know about the sale of data,” he said.
He said that the police are concerned about such data leaks.
“We advise parties such as banks to tighten what is needed to stop such activities,” he added.
Comm Zakaria also said that many numbers used in such scams were found to be pre-paid numbers.
However, personal details linked to the number such as MyKad or passport numbers were incomplete when the police performed checks.
“The government has already said that you need to register to purchase a prepaid number. But many don’t,” he said, adding that the “loose” process made investigations more difficult.
On the recently concluded Ops Mule, Comm Zakaria said there had been 501 arrests nationwide through the two week operation, which ended July 31.
The operation was aimed at cracking down on mule bank accounts used by syndicates to funnel money.
“We are becoming more aggressive now. If we can’t get to the main players, we will start with the account holders,” he said.
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