KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The police are warning the public of a fake MyBNM app being used by unscrupulous parties to commit fraud.
Bank Negara Malaysia has stopped supporting the app, which was available from November 2015 to November 2020.
A check revealed it is no longer available on Google Play or Apple App Store.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob said in a statement on Monday (May 10) that suspects would pose as enforcement agency officers and instruct victims to download the fake MyBNM app.
They are then asked to key in personal details through the app, including their name, ATM card number and PIN, username and password.
"After securing the information, the syndicate would transfer money from the victim's account to a third party (mule) account," he said.
He said 53 cases were reported in 2020 with losses of RM1.9mil and there have already been 57 cases from January to April this year, with losses of RM1.7mil.
"To combat the rise, preventive measures involving the police and public awareness campaigns are needed," he said.
He urged the public to increase their awareness on crime prevention, including being more cautious and increasing their knowledge about such scams.
"Do not simply believe calls claiming to be from banks, police or Inland Revenue Board enforcement personnel who request you to download or register for the MyBNM app. Do not click any link, download any app with the name MyBNM or Bank Negara logo," he said.
The public is urged to contact the CCID Scam Response Centre at 03-261 1559/2610 1599 if they have any information of or suspect commercial crime. – Bernama