Beware of utility bill payment scam, public told


KUALA LUMPUR: The police have detected a new criminal tactic by a syndicate that manipulated a utility bill payment system to deceive victims.

Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din (pic) said they received a report on such a case involving RM8,500 in losses.

“The syndicate will contact victims who have utility bill arrears and offer a discount if the victim allows them to settle the arrears.

“The syndicate would advance their money and claim that the payment receipt will be used by them to obtain tax exemption,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He said after obtaining the victim’s consent, the syndicate would use bounced cheques to make payments through deposit machines belonging to utility service providers.

He said once the payment was made, the service provider’s system would display a record that the bill payment had been made. The victim would then be asked to transfer money to them through a bank account belonging to a third party.

“The victims will only be aware of being cheated when the service provider informs them that they have failed to cash the cheque,” he added.

Comm Mohd Kamarudin urged those who may have been victims of the syndicate’s scam to come forward to lodge a report at the nearest police station.

The public is also reminded to pay their utility bills directly to legitimate service providers.

To check the validity of suspicious telephone numbers and bank account numbers, use the semakmule portal https://semakmule.rmp.gov.my or contact the CCID Scam Response Centre at 03-2610 1559/1599. — Bernama

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