Mule account owners will not be able to open new bank account

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KUALA LUMPUR: Anyone who has allowed their bank accounts to be used for criminal activities will be blacklisted and will not be able to open a new account.

Federal police CID director Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said the police are working together with all banks or financial institutions by sharing information and to identify owners of “mule bank accounts”.

He said the trend of commercial crime now is the increasing use of mule accounts by criminals to commit fraudulent activities online and through social media.

Last year, a total of 29,769 bank accounts were found to be used as mule accounts while for this year until May 10, a total of 1,669 mule accounts were recorded.

“Of that number, a total of 12,659 individuals were arrested and charged in court for various offences for allowing their bank accounts to be used for criminal activities,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The information will also be listed on the “Portal Semak Mule” of the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) which can be accessed through https://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule.

When opening a bank account, Kamarudin said, the owners should and were aware that they should not disclose any information on their bank account to any party as clearly stated in the terms and conditions.

Any individual or company who no longer had control over their bank account to immediately close it to avoid arrest if the bank account is found to be used for illegal activities.

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