MIRI - A consumer-based association believes that online scams affecting Malaysians are much more widespread than reported.
Many victims do not report their predicament to the police or the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) because of fear of being ridiculed, said Malaysian Consumers Association secretary-general Datuk G. Amarjit Singh Gill.
"Despite the awareness blitz to warn the public, there are still many people who are easily duped because of greed," he said when commenting on a news report that a woman from Miri was conned of more than RM348,000(SS140,000) by online buddies she befriended via Facebook.
The administrative clerk lodged a police report saying that she was conned of the money via 13 bank transactions that she made to a person named David.
The woman was told that David needed help and promised to give her RM640,800 that he had inherited from his late father in Britain.
Amarjit said the police and MCMC should work together to tackle cyberspace crime.