ARAU: A total of 383 cases of online fraud, especially phone scams, have been recorded in Perlis from January to November this year, resulting in losses amounting to RM5.1mil.
Perlis police chief Datuk Muhammad Abdul Halim said of the total, the highest number of cases involved telecommunication fraud or phone scam (127 cases) incurring losses amounting to RM1,663,807.58, followed by ecommerce scams with 110 cases and RM831,690.80 in losses.
"Various awareness programmes on commercial crimes are being carried out to curb such crime. In 2023, 109 such activities were carried out comprising 52 talks and 36 exhibitions related to crime prevention initiatives.
"Perlis police are always taking initiatives and proactive measures to carry out programmes as a means of creating awareness on commercial crimes. These programmes can create a positive impact on a large scale," he said in his speech when opening a Town Hall - 'Jenayah Penipuan Di Era Digital' at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (Unimap), here on Saturday (Dec 2).
Meanwhile, Muhammad added that 171 'mule account' cases were also recorded from January to November this year and legal action has been taken in all these cases. – Bernama