Slight increase seen in commercial crimes this year, says Bukit Aman

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of commercial crime cases has shown an increase in the first 20 weeks of the year, says Comm Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf (pic).

The Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director said a total of 12,472 cases were recorded between Jan 1 and May 19.

"This is an increase of 119 cases from 12,353 cases during the same period last year.

"A total of 5,846 investigation papers were successfully prosecuted.

"It represents 47% of the total cases, an increase from 5,157 prosecutions or 42% last year," he said when contacted on Tuesday (May 28).

For the week of May 13 to 19, Comm Ramli said 814 cases were recorded involving RM33.5mil in losses.

"This was a reduction in cases compared to the previous week (May 6-12), where 1,121 cases were recorded," he said.

Out of 814 cases recorded, 413 or 51% were the work of syndicates involving RM9.6mil in losses, he added.

"These cases comprise online purchase fraud with 134 cases and RM1.1mil in losses; investment scams (106 cases, RM5.7mil); loan scams (71 cases, RM715,028); phone scams (46 cases, RM1.6mil); love scams (15 cases, RM131,135); ah long (14 cases, RM55,700); counterfeit cash (11 cases, RM2,860); SMS fraud (five cases, RM94,498); land fraud (two cases, RM55,000); and one case of posing as someone else," he said.

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