KUALA LUMPUR: Police have created a one-stop shop known as CCID Scam Response Center to combat Macau scams.
The director of the Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID), Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob, said that through the center, which has been in operation since February 15, the public could investigate and conduct crime-related checks.
He said the center was also the first recipient of information (phone number and bank account information provided by the Macau Scam union) of fraud victims or those with information related to Macau Scam activities.
“The public can also get confirmation of whether the calls received really come from a government office, Macau scammers or others.
“In 2019, a total of 5,725 cases of fraud were reported in Macau, resulting in losses of more than 254 million RM, while last year a total of 6,003 cases were registered with a total loss of more than 287 million RM, ”he said in a statement today.
Zainuddin said that from January to March 24 this year a total of 1,392 cases were registered, with losses above RM 38 million.
He said the registered number showed a significant increase and was clearly a situation that needed to be addressed immediately.
“We urge citizens to take advantage of this facility to help curb these scams.
“Scam in Macau is a frequent criminal modus operandi in which criminals use the Voice Over Internet Protocol application to hide their identity when they come in contact with victims,” he said.
Among the tactics used to deceive the victims was to disguise themselves as authorities or officials of financial institutions and services, as well as relatives, friends or dignitaries.
Zainuddin said the center could be contacted on 03-26101559 and 03-26101599 from 8am to 9pm daily. – Called