Love scams on the rise, RM20.5mil lost this year alone, warns Bukit Aman

PETALING JAYA: Bukit Aman warns that online love scams are on the rise, with 549 cases reported since January 1.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Comm Zainuddin Yaacob said Tuesday (May 4) that the police had recorded 549 cases within the first four months of this year alone.

“Losses from these cases have been estimated to be at RM20,583,567.39.

“When compared to the same period last year, there has been an increase of 83 cases, ” he said.

He added that from 2019 until March 2021, the police had conducted 2,251 operations against these scams. Of that, 2,826 people have been caught.

“The increase in cases shows that the situation must be dealt with seriously. “From the police side, the department is committed to increasing our efforts, especially in investigating and on operations to stop these activities, ” he said.

He also advised the public to not be easily fooled by promises and sweet words, and to not reveal any banking or personal information to strangers online.

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