KUALA LUMPUR: E-commerce fraud shot up by 66.3% last year, with the Covid-19 pandemic seeing many people opting for online shopping.
The number of such cases went up from 3,514 in 2019 to 5,847 cases in 2020.
There have already been 2,132 cases in the first three months of this year.
Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) deputy director Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said cybercriminals were targeting online shoppers.
He said in one recent case, police received a report on the sale of a mobile phone number.
“The scammer allegedly offered to sell a special mobile number 010-989 9999 via Facebook.
“The victim saw the advertisement, contacted the seller and made payment for the phone number, ” he said, adding that the seller disappeared after getting paid.
Comm Mohd Kamarudin said the case is classified as cheating.
“The public must be cautious when making online deals and transactions.
“Don’t be easily tricked into cheap offers that cannot be verified, always check the authenticity of the deal before making payments, and such payments must be made via a certified process.
“The public can also verify sellers’ accounts via http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/, ” he said, adding that any account involved in a cheating case would be listed here.