QuickCheck: Do cyber crime victims have to provide banking info to get help from the NSRC?

RECENTLY, a viral WhatsApp message said the National Scam Response Centre (NSRC) could help refund money lost to scams and offered a link to the so-called service. When redirected, the link seems to lead to a form that asks for sensitive information.

Is the offer of aid in the message legitimate?



In a Facebook post, the Cyber Crime Alert Royal Malaysia Police says the NSRC would not send any link via WhatsApp or SMS, and such links were suspect.

It added that the NSRC will never ask for any banking information from complainants, including passwords, TAC, and debit card numbers.

The NSRC also does not have any app or website for any party to enter bank account information for investigation or other purposes.

"Victims of cyber fraud only need to contact NSRC at 997. Victims DO NOT NEED TO FILL (sic) in any account information on any website. (Ad)min repeats.... NO NEED!" the post reads.

The post also urged viewers to share the information widely to avoid others from being caught up in scams.

"Don't let scammers outsmart us," it said.

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