KUALA LUMPUR: The government should mount a concerted effort to curb scams, especially Macau scams, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic).
The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) exco member said scams have been a bane for long enough.
"It is time the government launch a full-scale war against scammers by using all of its machinery, such as the Home Ministry and other relevant ministries.
"Other stakeholders such as banks and telecommunication companies should be roped in to educate their customers on scam prevention," he said when contacted Wednesday (April 21).
Commenting on a report which stated that Macau scam cases are on the rise lately, Lee said the public should also play their part in curbing scams by being more aware of the threat of scammers and staying vigilant.
"The public must ensure that they are well versed in various scams out there, and the tactics employed by scammers.
"It is no longer the time for the public to be gullible or naive," he added.
Victims of scams are from all walks of life, with even highly-educated people and professionals having fallen prey, Lee said.
"Scammers use fear tactics to intimidate and dupe victims into transferring their money to them.
"Again, the public must know that the police or any other enforcement bodies do not conduct cases over the phone.
"The best part is to hang up if you feel certain calls are suspicious," said Lee, who also hoped that the police create more awareness about their one-stop centre to battle scams, as well as its SemakMule application.
"I feel more publicity of such facilities is needed so that the public is more aware of their options in seeking help," he said
Macau scam cases are on the rise, with losses amounting to hundreds of millions of ringgit yearly.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob had said 5,725 cases were reported in 2019 involving RM254.5mil in losses.
“Cases continued to spike to 6,003 cases last year, with total losses increasing to RM287.3mil.
“So far, we received 1,392 cases this year, with losses amounting to RM38.1mil, ” he said when contacted.