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Scammers in Malaysia trick victims by impersonating authorities via internet

Published on Jul 8, 2014 12:09 PM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Movie spoofs may provide comic relief but "spoofing" scams are no laughing matter. They are serious crimes with Malaysians losing tens of millions yearly.

Scammers are now tricking unsuspecting Malaysians by boldly impersonating police officers and officers from the central bank, Bank Negara.

These technologically savvy conmen misuse Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) - a system for making voice calls over the Internet - to mimic their caller IDs.

They make it seem like the number they are calling from is a Bukit Aman (police headquarters) or Bank Negara line, or of any other agency, on the phone screen.

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