1st August 2022 - 2 min read
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has raised the alarm on a recent phishing scam that involves the government’s health assessment system MySejahtera and the Touch ‘n Go (TNG) eWallet.
In a social media post made via its Cyber Crime Alert Facebook account, PDRM explained that these scammers will send SMSes to potential victims (from “GOV”), informing them that MySejahtera has credited Covid-19 financial assistance to their TNG eWallet account. The message also includes a link to a fake website, where you’ll then be required to key in your personal details as well as the PIN to your TNG eWallet account. As you can guess, this is intended to steal your TNG eWallet details.
PDRM further cautioned the public to be wary of such messages from unknown numbers, and to always verify matters with relevant parties or authorities before clicking on any suspicious links.
Separately, MySejahtera also issued an alert via its own social media account, saying that it has not sent out any SMSes related to Covid-19 financial aids. Like PDRM, it too advised the public to visit its official social media for official announcements and accurate information.
This latest phishing scam came to light over the weekend when Twitter user @haaziq_mz asked MySejahtera for clarification regarding the matter via the social media platform. MySejahtera then informed him that the SMS is fake, and that it is in the process of reporting it to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). It also told the public to ignore such messages if received.
Phishing scams are undoubtedly on the rise, with the procedure getting increasingly sophisticated. As such, always take care to be wary of suspicious links in dubious messages, and avoid installing apps from unknown sources.
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