Telcos not involved in selling consumer data, say police

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TANJUNG MALIM: Telecommunication companies in the country are not involved in selling personal data of consumers which have led to the misuse of such information by cyber scam syndicates, says Bukit Aman (federal police) commercial crimes investigation department director Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

He said the data could have been obtained from other parties, such as survey companies and so on.

“So far, we have not heard of anything such as telcos selling consumer personal data, as what has been claimed by some people. We are certain that such things do not occur,” he said.

Acryl Sani told this to reporters when met after joining the Amal Al-Hilmi Cycling Programme with the founder of Baitul Al-Hilmi Orphans Charitable Organisation, Ahmad Faris Abdul Halim in conjunction with the 210th Police Day in Kampung Sawa, Slim Village here today.

According to Acryl Sani, four types of cyber crimes had been identified, namely online scams, “Love Scam” (involving dating or matchmaking), get-rich-quick schemes, and the latest, telephone scam with callers masquerading as government agencies or bank personnel using falsified (dummy) numbers.

“There are no banks that would (make you) amend particulars via telephone. These people (scammers) are smart in taking advantage based on the reaction of the victims,” he said.

In fact, Acryl Sani said there had been an increase in the number of police reports lodged by the victims of such scams compared with last year, which was probably due to increased awareness.

In terms of demography, he said, local women, in their 30s and above, easily fell prey to such scams despite constant advice and warnings from the police.

“For instance, the ‘Love Scam’… There are still victims who are easily duped and fall for the looks of suspects (although they are only) masquerading as good-looking men on social media and other (mobile telephone) applications.

“Normally, the victims would receive calls and are made to pay certain ‘taxes’ to claim the parcels which had been posted from their ‘foreign boyfriends’ on the pretext of sending gifts,” added Acryl Sani.