Socso lodges police report after scammer impersonates one of its officer


PETALING JAYA: The Social Security Organisation (Socso) lodged a police report after discovering that a scammer had impersonated its employment services officers to target unsuspecting victims.

Socso chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed (pic) said the report was lodged on Wednesday (Oct 21) after a scammer used the profile and phone number of one of its officers to deceive his colleagues in Socso.

"The scammer contacted some of the officer's colleagues and requested a sum of money to be transferred to a bank account under a different name.

"One of his colleagues was tricked into transferring RM500 to the account-holder. When asked why he needed help, the imposter posing as the officer, claimed he was unable to access online banking services," Azman said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 22).

He said such unscrupulous action undermined Socso's efforts in carrying out its Active Labour Market Programmes to assist insured persons and Malaysians who lost their jobs due to Covid-19 crisis.

He said in carrying out the programmes through its Employment Insurance System (EIS) office, Socso would disclose the names and phone numbers of its officers so the public could easily contact them and obtain the relevant information.

"The dissemination of information on Socso services via social media, however, has attracted scammers to pose as our officers to commit fraud against the public," he said.

He also advised people to check with Socso and report any party requesting payment for Socso’s services to them.

He also reminded insured persons under Socso, as well as employers and the public, to be vigilant of tactics used by scammers so they would not be easily deceived.

He said Socso did not engage middlemen in delivering its benefits and services, and their services were also free of charge to all insured persons.

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