MCO fraud losses over RM100m

Topping the list are face masks scams, non-existent loans, Macau scams, love scams and SMS frauds

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VARIOUS fraudulent cases including the selling of counterfeit face masks online has resulted in more than RM100 million since the implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 18, said Deputy Home Minister I Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said.

According to Ismail, government data revealed that frauds related to e-commerce were the highest recorded between March 18 and June 30, with 2,020 cases involving losses amounting to RM12.6 million. As of Aug 4, the cases ballooned to 2,500 with total loss at RM17 million.

The second-highest during the same period was related to non-existent loans with 1,582 cases costing victims a total of RM18.3 million. This is followed by the Macau scams with 1,001 cases amounting to RM49.9 million loss, love scams with 481 cases (RM18.1 million) and SMS frauds with 91 cases (RM797,849).

Ismail was responding to Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (Barisan Nasional-Baling) who inquired about the number of financial scam syndicates that are active during MCO.

He said the government have taken several measures to curb the proliferation of these syndicates including heightening arrests and prosecution against those found to be involved in the schemes.

The police force has also set up a portal (http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule) which the public can use to identify phone numbers and bank accounts used by the syndicates.

“The government had also established various taskforces with the central bank, the communication’s regulator, financial institutions and telecommunications provider to address the matter.

“Many of these scams operate from overseas, making it difficult to effectively eliminate the problems,” he said.

Separately, responding to Datuk Mahfuz Omar (Pakatan Harapan-Pokok Sena) who asked on privacy issues relating to the MySejahtera app and personal records written down at stores, Ismail said information stored on the government app is guarded under the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) 2010.

He said authorities would also act against shop owners or individuals who have been found to misuse the personal information recorded by selling it on the dark web.

Deputy Health Minister I Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali recently told online health news portal CodeBlue that 13.3 million users downloaded the MySejahtera app as of Aug 10. This accounts for nearly 60% of those with mobile phones in Malaysia’s 32 million populations.

Cumulative check-ins with MySejahtera came up to 256.1 million over the same period, with 85% to 90% of check-ins done through the app. Total premises comprising both private businesses and government offices registered nationwide with the app were 590,829.

MySejahtera managed to detect 251 confirmed Covid-19 cases, or 3% of 8,303 coronavirus cases, as of June 6, Dr Noor Azmi said.