RM67.6mil lost to cyber crimes
Published on: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
By: Bernama

LABUAN: Cyber crimes involving losses of RM67.6 million in 2,207 cases were reported in the first three months of this year, according to a senior officer of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) Tuesday.

Its Deputy Secretary-General (Policy), Shakib Ahmad Shakir (pic), said the Ministry and agencies under it were concerned over the large amounts of money lost through such scams.

The three most common types of cyber crimes were cheating via telephone calls which recorded 773 cases with RM26.8 million in losses, cheating in online purchases with 811 cases totalling RM4.2 million and “African Scam”with 371 cases totalling RM14.9 million.

E-financial fraud recorded 212 cases involving losses of RM21.5 million, he said, when opening a Labuan-level briefing on awareness to combat cyber crimes and human trafficking, here.

He said the losses were reported in online scams, credit card frauds, identity thefts and data breaches.

“KKMM is determined to combat cyber crimes in view of the concerns raised on the rise in cyber crimes committed through various means.

“Cyber crimes are a serious threat to the people as these frauds can cause them to lose hundreds of thousands of ringgit of their hard-earned money,”he said.

The briefing is part of the commitment of KKMM to create public awareness on cyber crimes through education and promotion and publicity campaigns.

Shakib said according to the Commercial Crime Investigation Department, 13,058 cheating cases were reported in 2017 compared to 10,394 last year.

“I was told that telecommunication fraud is the most common form of (cyber) crime in Labuan, with 16 complaints in 2017 and 19 complaints last year, a 35 per cent increase,”he said.

Shakib said the Ministry would continue to cooperate with its strategic partners like the media, police, the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) and Information Department to combat the menace. 

Meanwhile, Shakib said the RM13 million KKMM integrated complex here is scheduled for completion by the end of June.

The complex in Jalan Taras, work on which began in 2016, will house the Ministry’s agencies and departments, among them the Labuan bureau of the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) Labuan and the Information Department.

Labuan Public Works Department Director Alfred Sim Seck Puan gave a briefing on the project to Shakib during a site visit Tuesday.

The complex also comes with a multipurpose meeting room, a discussion cum news interview room, a children’s playground, a fitness centre and a cafeteria.

Shakib said the complex reflects the Ministry’s seriousness in providing better facilities to the staff and better service to the people on the island.

The complex is similar to the KKMM Kota Kinabalu integrated complex.


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