Foreigners responsible for bulk of online fraud cases

Police investigations have shown that most online fraud cases involved foreigners with call centres based overseas, the Dewan Negara was told yesterday.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong said in the first eight months of this year, there had been 868 cases of fraud perpetuated by emails and SMSes involving RM70 million.

"The ministry views this seriously and is committed to curbing such crimes.

"The measures taken by the ministry include establishing a task force made up of members of the police, Bank Negara and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to look into the matter," he said in reply to Senator Pau Chiong Ung during question time.

Pau wanted to know the measures taken by the ministry to prevent such crimes and the steps taken to educate the public.

Lee said in the first 10 months of this year, police conducted 23 raids and made 68 arrests, of which 23 were women.

He said the government also worked closely with other countries and used the Aseanapol and the Interpol platforms.

"We also work closely with telecommunication companies by alerting and informing the public through SMSes of these crimes and conduct regular campaigns in the media," Lee disclosed.

He advised the public not to respond to random emails and SMSes informing them they had won money.

"They should not respond to these and divulge their bank account details to the sender, especially if they do not recognise the sender. If they receive such emails or SMSes, they should report to the authorities."