Police advise the public to check carefully when they receive messages from friends who would like to borrow money through the WhatsApp application.
Recently, authorities have discovered that a modus operandi used by a fraudulent syndicate is to send messages asking to borrow money using the identity of an acquaintance or person known to the victim.
According to Berita Harian, Sentul District Police Chief, Deputy Commissioner Beh Eng Lai, said that last year they received 193 police reports from victims of such scams involving losses of up to RM6.021 million.
He mentioned that such fraudulent tactics are still being detected in recent days. His party received a complaint from a man after discovering that his identity was being used by an impostor to make a loan on January 13.
The complainant, who is also a 59-year-old trader, claimed that at first he did not open the WhatsApp app on his cell phone and uninstall the app.
“He then downloaded the app again but it still could not be used because the WhatsApp verification code was still not sent to his cell phone,” he said in a statement, today ‘hui.
He said the man then received a phone call from a friend asking if the complainant had texted to borrow money.
The complainant denied the case and suspected that there were other people who used his identity to lend money before making a police report.
“The results of the investigation revealed that more than 20 of the complainant’s contacts were contacted by the disguised individual,” he said.
Eng Lai also said that the public is advised to be wary of received WhatsApp calls and messages by performing a thorough assessment and review in advance to avoid falling victim to fraud.
“As a precaution, the public is advised to check by browsing the Royal Malaysian Police Department of Commercial Crime Investigation (PDRM) website at https://ccid.rmp.gov.my / semakmule / to verify the accounts involved. in all cases of fraud, ”he said.
“We also call on the public to forward any information relating to this union or any suspicious activity to Sentul District Police Headquarters at 03-40482222, Kuala Lumpur Police Hotline at 03-2115 9999, or to any nearby police station, ”he added.
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