Scammers Creating Fake Websites of Government Agencies, Banks

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The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) has advised the public to be wary of scammers using social networking sites and websites similar to that of government agencies and banks.

Fomca’s chief operating officer T Saravanan said scammers have been found duplicating the Inland Revenue Board’s (IRB) and banks’ websites and social media pages, to dupe users who facing financial constraints during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

“They will look for vulnerable victims, especially senior citizens, who are currently facing financial constraints.

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“Therefore, consumers are advised to check in advance the information they receive either through the short message service (SMS), phone call or e-mail,” he said in a statement today.

He said consumers were also advised not to give their personal details such as bank account numbers, identity card numbers and so on to anyone.

“Please contact the bank or LHDN’s official phone lines if you have received any calls asking for your personal details, for verification.” he said.