PETALING JAYA: The Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) conducted a walkabout at a shopping mall over the weekend to raise awareness on online scams.
Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said looking at the number of cases recorded yearly, they must do more to raise awareness and educate the public on all the scams out there.
"Today, we came to a shopping mall as part of our CCID awareness campaign on online scams, which began early this month," he said
"We will conduct a post-mortem either next month or in January to see if the campaign has shown effectiveness," added Comm Mohd Kamarudin when speaking to reporters at the Sunway Pyramid shopping mall on Saturday (Nov 20).
He said the public response to the campaign has been good so far, but more needs to be done.
"If we look at our statistics yearly, the number of online scam cases recorded does not seem to be decreasing.
"Last year, we recorded 17,109 cases but between January and October this year alone, 17,537 cases were reported," he said, adding that total losses recorded last year was RM509.98mil compared with RM449.51mil this year.
"Our goal is to equip the public with the latest information on these scams so that they can avoid becoming victims themselves.
"We also want to educate them to not act as bank account mules for these syndicates," he said.
He also said it was important for the public to know that even allowing the syndicates to use their accounts would land them in hot water.