Online gold scams are on the rise – Bukit Aman
KUALA LUMPUR: The number of online jewelry scam cases has increased, with 37 cases involving losses amounting to RM 239,530 recorded in the first three months of this year.
Bukit Aman’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob said fraud cases recorded during the period were the highest in the past two years.
He said that throughout 2019, 21 cases were reported involving losses of RM148.444 and the total increased the following year (2020) to 44 cases involving RM261.954.
“The development of communication and technology has created online business opportunities, with unlimited access and connectivity, especially when the country is facing the Covid-19 pandemic.
“As a result, it has become the platform of choice for consumers, but at the same time it has caused scams involving the sale of non-existent items,” he said in a statement today.
Zainuddin said his department has put in place various measures to ensure that efforts to curb such activities are effective.
“Yet from a prevention standpoint, public involvement is essential and I urge consumers to be careful in all online jewelry transactions.
The public is reminded not to believe in a below market offer of jewelry, especially when it is made by people you cannot verify, ”he said.
He added that buyers should verify the authenticity of their transactions and ensure that all transactions are done through contracts and certified methods to avoid falling victim to scams.
According to him, the public can also check the accounts and phone numbers on http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/ to see if the account or phone number has been involved in any scams reported before they go. carry out payment transactions.
The public can contact the CCID Scam Response Center at 03-26101599 / 1599 for more information. – Bernama