QuickCheck: Do scammers pose as VIPs to “borrow money” from people?
Lately, friends, family and associates of VIPs have been rumored to be targeted by scammers impersonating them via apps like Telegram and WhatsApp.
Are these statements true?
In a statement released Thursday, March 24, the Director of the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) of Bukit Aman, Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said that this is indeed happening.
He added that the modus operandi of scammers is to seek financial assistance from friends of victims listed on apps such as WhatsApp or Telegram and said politicians and senior government officials are among the VIPs who are the main targets.
Comm Mohd Kamarudin went on to say that 1,710 cases have been reported involving losses of RM11.47 million between 2020 and February this year.
“For this year, 109 cases have already been reported, resulting in losses of RM 478,016,” he said.
Comm Mohd Kamarudin added that most of the victims realized their email accounts had been hacked when those on their friends list informed them that they had received a message asking them to borrow money.
“Smartphone users are advised to be more cautious if they receive a message from strangers asking for their passwords for their messaging apps.