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.

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.

“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.

Picture credit: MSN

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:

  1. Be alert and suspicious. Don’t easily fall for their tricks.
  2. Stay calm and follow the instructions given by the scammer without giving out any personal details.
  3. 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.
  4. Do not give your bank account numbers, ATM card numbers or credit card to anyone.
  5. 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.

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