MCMC blocks 1.8 billion ‘scam’ call numbers from 2017 to 2022

MCMC blocks 1.8 billion ‘scam’ call numbers from 2017 to 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has successfully blocked 1.8 billion phone numbers used by ‘scammers’ from 2017 to 2022, said Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil.

Fahmi said the matter was known as a result of his meeting with the National Financial Crime Prevention Center (NFCC) together with MCMC and several other parties.

He said that since 2018, as many as 300 million scammer phone numbers through the short message service (SMS) have been successfully curbed, but fraud cases still occur.

“My warning to Malaysians, please be careful in this festive atmosphere (because) there will definitely be those who nod in the murky water to take advantage,” he told reporters after attending the MCA Chinese New Year Open House here today.

Therefore, he advised people who were victims of fraud to call 997 which is the National Scam Response Center (NSRC) to make a report so that immediate action can be taken to curb the loss of money.

Fahmi said there are various types of fraud at the moment and it is not easy to deal with because when a modus operandi can be detected, new types of fraud will appear.

“So in conjunction with this festive season, we see ‘scams’ such as ‘cleaner scams’ that are made through Facebook for example, we have to be careful.

“So if you get any offer of work or services, please confirm before we are deceived by these ‘scammers’. If it looks too good, it’s probably a scam and make a police report and call 997 so we can help, ” he said.

Regarding fraud through the Telegram application, Fahmi said that one of the problems faced with the application is that it is an encrypted system.

Accordingly, he said he would try to contact Telegram so that some things could be arranged to solve the problem.

“More than that, a reminder to all, if you get a message from someone who is like our friend but the way he talks to us is different than usual, please be careful and if you get a call from the Inland Revenue Board, Bukit Aman (police) or the court , he did not deal by phone but sent a letter asking us to come to the office.

“So we have to have an increase in awareness about the ways these ‘scammers’ operate and at the same time we see a concerted action between KKD (Ministry of Communications and Digital), the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is necessary because we found that there A number of these ‘scam’ calls do not happen in our country but across borders,” he said.

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