Thursday, March 30, 2023

KKMM warns of scam emails using VIP names

NewsKKMM warns of scam emails using VIP names

If you receive an email from a VIP such as a national leader or a chief executive officer of a company, complete with unusual instructions, it’s probably the latest scam tactic used by fraudsters to scam you out of your money.

In a statement, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (KKMM) has warned the public about the emails using profiles (names and photos) of national leaders, heads of organisations, or companies that give unusual instructions to the recipient.

The ministry also urged recipients of such emails should not share it with any party, and must check and verify its authenticity.

“This is to avoid becoming a victim of malicious and fraudulent activities.”

“Dissemination of false content can be subject to legal action under Section 505 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act,” the statement wrote.

KKMM said this reminder came after complaints from the public regarding unverified emails that have been screen-captured and disseminated through an online messaging application, Bernama reported.

It also reminded the public to check with the party whose profile or identity is used and lodge a police report if the content of the email is false, to ensure appropriate action can be taken against the scammers.

“If anyone receives a suspicious e-mail, include the email header when lodging a report to the police,” it added.

Meanwhile, KKMM said the public can lodge complaints on the matter via Gmail or Yahoo! Mail.


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