QuickCheck: Is a contest scam misusing the name of a bank, a telco company and the police?

IT IS said that an online contest scam misused the name of a bank, a telecommunications company and the police to promise RM270,000 in cash prizes.

Is this true?



Acting Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk S. Sasikala Devi said the scam, which was supposedly "organised" by Telekom Malaysia Berhad and Maybank Berhad, used her name to falsely claim that the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) "verified" that the contest was legitimate.

"It is nothing but a scam using the police and the MACC. They even posed as me in a bid to fool victims.

"I am not involved at all with the contest scam that has gone viral on social media sites," she said in a statement on Thursday (Jan 26).

Stern action will be taken against anyone who misused her profile and name, DCP Sasikala said.

"We advise the public to be careful and not be duped by tactics used by scammers," she said.

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