Slight dip in commercial crime cases for first five months of 2024, says Bukit Aman

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of commercial crime cases decreased slightly during the first five months of this year compared to the same period last year, says Comm Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf (pic).

The Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director said a total of 11,696 cases were recorded from Jan 1 to May 12.

"It is an average of 88 cases per day. The number of cases showed a 1% decline compared to the 11,834 cases reported last year," he said when contacted on Saturday (May 18).

Comm Ramli said a total of 5,550 investigation papers (IPs) have been prosecuted this year, accounting for 47% of the total IPs opened.

"This indicates an increase from last year, when 5,367 IPs were opened or 45% of the total cases," he said.

Between Jan 1 and April 30, a total of 10,179 IPs were opened, with the majority attributed to syndicated crimes, added Comm Ramli.

"Some 67.3%, or 6,885 cases, were syndicated crimes. These cases resulted in losses amounting to RM378.3mil and have been categorised into 16 types," he said.

The syndicated crime cases are listed as follows: online purchase fraud (2,254 cases), investment scam (1,767), loan scam (1,158), phone scam (679), ah long (264), love scam (233), property fraud (65), business email compromise (BEC) (23), forged cash (321), SMS fraud (65), credit card fraud (13), illegal DVD (4), bomoh fraud (3), 4D fraud (3), in-person impersonation (2) and scratch and win (1).

"Among the top syndicated crimes in terms of losses are investment scams with RM231.4mil, followed by property fraud (RM56.7mil), phone scam (RM33.8mil) and online purchase fraud (RM20.3mil)," he said.

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