Cops: Don’t fall for “stimulus package” scams

By Chew Lip Song

NEVER provide personal particulars to dubious “agents” purportedly helping to facilitate disbursement of government aid under the recently-announced Prihatin economic stimulus package.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Zakaria Ahmad said the police were aware of scammers posing as “agents” by sending random text messages to the public and asking for their personal details, The Star reported.

“Their text messages would say that aid has been approved and that they need the recipients personal and financial information to proceed. Don’t be duped by these scammers and only trust legitimate authorities on the matter,” he told a press conference today.

While no cases have been recorded yet, Comm Mohd Zakaria said police are aware of such attempts by the scammers.

“The public must never reveal their personal or financial details. For example, only the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) is authorised to distribute the recent aid announced by the government to the people,” he added.

Comm Mohd Zakaria said that the CCID’s Cyber Crime division will be tracking down those who sent the scam messages.


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