Have you been getting random calls from someone claiming to be from the courts of law/police station/post office/LHDN/SPRM?
If you’ve ever tried calling any of these departments, you’ll know how busy their lines are and how difficult it is to get though. Which makes it all the more obvious that these calls you’re receiving are likely part of a scam.
Recently, Twitter user @sumishanaidu shared how she received one of these calls herself.
At first, she entertained the caller, until she realised that the details behind the call were a little sketchy.
Might be obvious to some of us but just in case, the Commercial Crimes Department confirms this is a scam & many are getting these calls, as you’ll see from the replies to this. Never give out your personal information without verifying who’s calling you. https://t.co/pnpp1r3Ep9— Sumisha Naidu (@sumishanaidu) August 8, 2019
I just got the call. I pressed “0”. a woman with an Indonesian accent answered and asked for my reference number. Said I had none, then she asked for my name and IC. I asked where this court was and she just repeated “Makamah Majistret” twice until finally saying Kangar. So 🚩— Sumisha Naidu (@sumishanaidu) August 8, 2019
Unsurprisingly, Twitterjaya responded with their own stories of attempted scams.
Read on below to see all the different tactics these scammers use to dupe victims plus how these clever netizens scam the scammers back.
I didn’t get to that stage haha but wow, no wonder so many people get conned.— Sumisha Naidu (@sumishanaidu) August 8, 2019
got one from this number this morning. From LHDN saying I got cukai tertunggak, also press 0 to proceed pic.twitter.com/xDOkRVaZoF— WhatKejadah (@lazerlipz) August 8, 2019
I get it all the time, mostly on my hone phone. That’s when I discovered some Mahkamah even works on public holidays! Used to hang up, now I have fun with the fraudsters by giving them fake name, ic numbers etc or by saying they’ve called Balai Polis Subang!— Krishnamurthy K (@KMurthychettiar) August 8, 2019
Once I also got a call fr “Citibank” Tho I have a credit card acc w them , I never had a caller fr Citibank call me & asked me 4my identity card number. I told the caller “ u are a #scammer & I’ll report to the police “ and the caller just mumbled something and hung up #scam— nebula (@domesticgod8) August 8, 2019
Me was from kuala terengganu hahahah baru je harini tadi, i played along then i said saya ni 24 tahun hidup tak pernah lagi pergi terengganu pic.twitter.com/3oCISOqPLp— 𓃠 (@amirulasyraf___) August 8, 2019
“Mine was from Kuala Terengganu. Just today they called me. I played along and then told them that for the whole 24 years that I’ve lived, I’ve never set foot in Terengganu”
The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) have named the telecommunication type scam mentioned above as the Macau Scam.
The Macau Scam scammers operate in four common ways and the tactic above, commonly called “spoofing”, is just one technique out of the four.
When spoofing, the scammer generally uses a platform called the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
VoIP is a form of communication that allows the end-user to make telephone calls over a broadband internet connection.
This enables the scammer to display a random phone number when calling their victim. Thus not only tricking their victims into thinking the call is coming from elsewhere, but also hiding their actual contact details.
This is why when victims hang up and try calling back the number that appeared on their screen, they can’t get through.
The police advises anyone faced with a possible scammer to do the following:
- Be alert and suspicious. Don’t easily fall for their tricks.
- Stay calm and follow the instructions given by the scammer without giving out any personal details.
- Refrain from trying to contact the number that called you. Instead, look for the official contact details the scammer claimed to be from and verify the situation with them.
- Do not give your bank account numbers, ATM card numbers or credit card to anyone.
- Visit BNM’s official website to get up-to-date advice and information regarding financial frauds and money scams.
Finally, all victims of these scams are encouraged to lodge a police report for law enforcement to take further action.