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PDRM warns of new scamming method that requires you to download APK files with fake mobile app

NewsPDRM warns of new scamming method that requires you to download APK...

From time to time, there will be some new methods that scammers will come up with to steal your money from you.

On Thursday (10 February), the police had warned of a new method used by scammers to steal money from bank accounts without their knowledge through Android Package Kit (APK) file links.

According to The Star, Federal Commercial Crimes Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said these scammers could then hack into a phone after the victim accessed an APK link when buying items online.

He explained that scammers would first advertise items on sale on social media sites to search for their victims. Once an interested buyers appeared, they will contact them via WhatsApp and instruct them to download and install an APK file, containing a fake application on their mobile phones.

Source: Utusan

“The application will then take over the existing SMS system,” he said in a press conference.

Comm Mohd Kamarudin said the victims are required to register with their personal and banking details before they could use the application.

“After they have provided the information and pressed the ‘send’ button, an error message will appear as the app is not linked to legitimate banking sites.”

“This process is just to give access to the contents of the victim’s SMS texts, as well as banking details.”

“These scammers are then able to transfer money from the victim’s account without their knowledge,” he said.

Comm Mohd Kamarudin added that the police has detected 5 cases so far and the total losses amounted to RM58,844.

“Three cases were detected in Johor and one each in Penang and Sabah,” he said.

With this, he urged the public not to download APK files sent to mobile phones by unknown individuals.

“Don’t ever install APK applications from illegitimate sources.”

“The safety of your phone’s SMS system must always be protected as it will receive a one-time password for financial transactions,” he said.

He also said the public can contact the CCID Scam Response Centre at 03-2610 1559 / 03-2610 1599 to get further details and advice.

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