charity scam
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim.

By Kumara Sabapatty

GOMBAK – Beware, when you are contacted by people online, trying to rake your sympathy to raise funds for charity, help orphans or people with disabilities (OKU).

The police had detected a scam syndicate that misused the names of charity organisations for orphans and OKU by collecting funds online.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said that the police had arrested 14 individuals who are suspected to be involved with the scam.

“The syndicate used cunning tactics by contacting victims to ask them for donations for orphans, madrasah (religious schools) and OKU.

“Victims who sympathised with the syndicate would then deposit money into the bank account number given to them. Investigation found that those accounts belonged to mules to serve the criminal activities,” he said during a news conference today.

Commenting further, Mazlan said that all suspects were arrested under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

“Early police investigation found that the syndicate also provided organised conversation script before contacting a victim to avoid being tracked online. They used Facebook, WhatsApp and other popular social media network.

“The modus operandi of the syndicate was to introduce themselves as the representatives from certain charity organisations to request for donation, before raking sympathy from their victims and tricked them into donating,” he said, requesting the people to contact the police before making any transactions.

“I have instructed the district police to immediately head to the field and track down the organisations that have been misused by the suspects when they receive such information to verify the authenticity of the information of the people involved in funds collection,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette