11th May 2021 - 2 min read
The police have warned the public to be aware of a fake MyBNM app that is being used by unscrupulous parties to commit fraud.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob said that victims of such cases would be contacted by suspects pretending to be enforcement agency officers, such as officers from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).
Victims would then be asked to download the fake MyBNM app and told to key in personal details into the app. These include their name, ATM card number and PIN, and username and password.
“After securing the information, the syndicate would then make money transfers from the victim’s account to a third-party account (mule account),” said Datuk Zainuddin. He said that victims would only realise that they had been scammed after discovering their empty bank accounts.
In 2020, 53 cases were reported with losses of RM1.9 million and from January to April this year, the number of cases recorded increased to 57 cases with losses of RM1.7 million. “To combat the rise, preventive measures involving the police and public awareness campaigns are needed,” he said. “The CCID is committed to redoubling our efforts, especially in terms of operational investigations.”
The MyBNM app was actually an online application offered by BNM from November 2015 until November of last year.
(Source: The Sun Daily)
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