Imposters trying to cheat travellers at KLIA, cops warn

Police say there have been an increasing number of taxi touts at KLIA.

SEPANG: Police have warned the public to be on the lookout for imposters who claim to be immigration officers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), saying 18 individuals were arrested last year for the offence including taxi touts and illegal porters.

KLIA police chief Zulkifli Adamshah said the imposters were usually dressed in a blazer similar to the one worn by immigration officer, and would normally prey on Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis.

“From reports we received, the imposters would stop these travellers and try to convince them they may have passport problems.

“In return they solicit for money, and if they fail to obtain money, they would threaten the travellers,” he said.

He said the imposters were usually Malaysians who were fluent in different languages.

“Our latest arrest is a 57-year-old man. He’s going to be charged under Section 170 of the Penal Code,” he said.

He said foreign travellers should inform the police if they were asked for money by people who claim to be immigration officers.

Meanwhile, KLIA Road Transport Department chief S Sarawana reminded airport users to ignore taxi touts.

“We have arrested 33 taxi touts and will continue our operations since there is a rise in taxi touts,” he said.