scam modus operandi The employees under the manufacturing sector receiving their Covid-19 vaccine under the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation (PIKAS) programme at Setia City Convention Centre in Setia Alam, Selangor.   PIX: MOHD ADZLAN / MalaysiaGazette / 28 JUNE 2021
The employees under the manufacturing sector receiving their Covid-19 vaccine under the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation (PIKAS) programme at Setia City Convention Centre in Setia Alam, Selangor. PIX: MOHD ADZLAN / MalaysiaGazette / 28 JUNE 2021

KUALA LUMPUR – The Bukit Aman Commercial Criminal Investigation Department (CCID) said that it has received four police reports on Covid-19 vaccine sales scam.

The police also received a report on the increment of vaccine recipients at a vaccination centre (PPV), exceeding the number of vaccine supplied to the PPV.

The Director of CCID, Kamarudin Md Din said in a statement that eight individuals have been arrested to assist in the investigation of those cases.

“They have been released on police bail and investigation is ongoing,” he said in a statement today.

According to him, the police have completed the investigation on one of the case and the Attorney-General’s Chamber (AGC) concluded that there would be no prosecution as there was not enough of evidence and testimony to charge the suspects, meanwhile, three other cases are still under investigation.

“The police urge the public to not make any speculations on the investigation of these cases. As a law enforcement agency, the PDRM is always committed in ensuring that investigations are carried out justly, in line with the providence of the law,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kamarudin said that the police had also detected new modus operandi using the sales of Covid-19 vaccine to swindle their victims.

According to him, the victims would be contacted by syndicates pretending to be staff from the Ministry of Health and they will be told that actions will be taken against them for selling Covid-19 vaccine online through Facebook.

“Victims who are panic with such allegation would follow all orders given by the scammer and make payments into the accounts given by the syndicate,” he said.

The police have received 36 reports on such cases involving the loss of RM54,500.

Kamarudin also advised the public to be careful and not become victim to scammers that feed on opportunities by manipulating current issues.

The police welcome people to contact CCID Scam Response Centre via 0326101559 if they have doubts or have information on commercial crime activities. – MalaysiaGazette

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