Close to RM16mil lost to commercial crimes in Seremban, say police

SEREMBAN: Approximately RM16mil has been lost in the district due to commercial crimes in the January to June period, say the police

Seremban district police chief ACP Mohamad Hatta Che Din said of this figure fraud cases recorded the highest amount at RM15.3 million, followed by breach of trust (RM467,524), cybercrime (RM9,301.76) and counterfeit money (RM3,153).

He said 25 arrests had been made and the charges framed under Section 424 of the Penal Code.

"From data received, there has been a decrease in cases, for example, of breach of trust, misappropriation of property, however, non-existent investment cases still involved millions of ringgit,” he said when met by reporters on Wednesday (June 26).

He said public awareness of the risks of non-existent investments needs to be increased, especially among the private sector, civil servants and corporate individuals who among the target of scammers.

ACP Mohamad Hatta said the modus operandi of cybercrime is now more sophisticated, with the use of technology.

"The latest (modus operandi) is that the scammer sends an invitation code on social media, and when the user opens this link, their (user) application on their mobile phone is unwittingly hacked,” he said. - Bernama

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