IPOH: Online scam victims in Muallim have lost a total of RM233,238 during the first half of the year, says Muallim OCPD Supt Sulizmie Affendy Sulaiman.
"Among the cases we have investigated include non-existent money-lending scams and Macau scams.
"There are also cases where scammers pretend to be officers from various institutions, including the police, court, banks, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and Inland Revenue board," he said.
Supt Sulizmie Affendy said other related cases involved online sales fraud on e-commerce sites.
"Most use social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and websites like mudah.my," he said.
"The victims would be charged various fees to buy non-existent items," he added.
He hoped the people would be more vigilant.
"Information such as bank account, ATM and credit card details should not be divulged to strangers.
"We also hope that the public will not be an account mule for a stranger," he said.
Supt Sulizmie Affendy also said the overall crime case index in the first six months had dropped by 16% compared to the same period last year.
"We have so far recorded 36 cases this year, seven fewer than last year," he said.
"As for drug-related offences, we have arrested 390 people, believed to be involved in distribution, possession and substance abuse," he added.