PETALING JAYA: Bukit Aman has recorded 37 cases of bogus jewellery sales from January to March alone.
Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob said in a statement on Thursday (April 8) that this was a sharp increase over previous years.
"In 2019, we recorded 21 cases with losses of about RM148,442.20. It then increased to 44 cases last year with losses at RM261,945.
"The first three months of this year have already seen 37 such cases, with losses of around RM239,530," he said.
Comm Zainuddin urged the public to be careful and vigilant when dealing with online sales.
He said among the things to look out for were prices lower than current market rates, and to check the authenticity of any sales and transactions.
"Users may verify the accounts used (by the sellers) with the police via the Semak Mule portal at https://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/.
"They can also contact the CCID Scam Response Centre at 03 2610 1559 should there be any doubts," he said.