QuickCheck: Are scammers posing as National Scam Response Centre officials to fool the public?

Tricking people into doing things or parting with money is common in Malaysia with schemes becoming harder to detect by the day.

Some use logos of reputable sites while others use the threat of a court case or impersonate the police.

Taking it up a notch, have people found a way to use the National Scam Response Centre (NSRC) to trick people?



The Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) has cautioned the public to be wary of phone calls from someone claiming to be an NSRC official.

"NSRC does not contact the public for any investigation.

"Please remember that anyone can impersonate others over a phone call.

Do not let yourself be easily fooled by the tricks of scammers," it said in a statement.

It further advised the public to be alert in such situations.

"We would like to remind the public not to be misled by statements or phone calls from any person claiming to be an NSRC officer to assist with the investigation regarding any criminal case of financial fraud.

"The NSRC will not contact the public regarding the investigation.

"We have detected several attempts to use the NSRC name to deceive the public in fraud cases," it said.

They then cautioned that NSRC will not hesitate to take legal action against parties involved in the misuse of its name.

For more information, contact the NSRC at (03- 8861 3830) or nsrc@rmp.gov.my.

If you are a victim of an online scam and have just made a financial transaction, call NSRC on 997.

NSRC operates from 8am to 8pm daily.

You can contact the respective bank's hotline for complaints after 8pm.

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