SIBU: A woman teacher lost RM1,800 to a scammer who impersonated her friend recently.
The scammer allegedly asked for money from her while impersonating her friend on WeChat.
Sibu district police chief ACP Zulkipli Suhaili in a statement, confirmed that a police report on the incident was filed yesterday.
“The victim had made a payment of RM1,800 into a bank account through online banking on the same day.
“Following the payment, the complainant contacted her friend and was informed that the friend never borrowed any money.
“Her friend also claimed that their WeChat account had been hacked,” the local police chief said.
Zulkipli stated that as a precautionary measure, WeChat users are advised to activate the ‘SMS Verification Code’ pin setting on their respective accounts.
Through this setting, the account’s security level is increased thus, preventing criminals from activating the account through other devices.
With that, he advised the public not to easily believe any messages requesting to borrow money from known contacts especially when the bank account used, belongs to another individual.
For further advice or information, the public can contact the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) Scam Response Centre at 03-26101559 or 03-26101599 or, download the ‘Semak Mule’ application at http://semakmule.rmp.gov.my and follow the Facebook pages – @CyberCrimeAlertRMP and @JSJKPDRM.