Most victims of online scams are females, says Bukit Aman department head
MELAKA: Most victims of online scams are females, says Bukit Aman Industrial Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob.
He said that 55% of the victims were females above the age of 51, adding that almost all fell into the entice when scammers threatened to confiscate their properties below Anti-Money Laundering Act.
Comm Zainuddin said this after a ceremony between outgoing Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mat Kasim Karim and novel Melaka high cop Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali at Melaka police headquarters right here on Monday (Nov 16)
Comm Zainuddin said some 5,218 online scams were reported between January and October this three hundred and sixty five days, adding that over RM265mil used to be lost and 2,676 arrests were made.
He said there were 5,725 reviews in 2019 inviting losses amounting to RM254mil while 4,965 instances were reported in 2018 with losses totalling RM226mil.
“In 2018,2, 233 arrests were made with 705 instances were prosecuted while 1804 arrests and 994 prosecutions were performed in 2019,” he added.