Almost 1 million dubious prepaid lines terminated

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Prepaid mobile lines cyber frauds cyber scam (Picture for representational purposes only). A man browsing his mobile phone. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 02 MARCH 2019
(Picture for representational purposes only). A man browsing his mobile phone.PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 02 MARCH 2019

By Mohd Zaini Samsu Hadi

KUALA LUMPUR – Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) had implemented various initiatives to ensure that the people are not cheated by cyber frauds.

The Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had successfully tracked 1.37 million dubiously registered mobile prepaid lines as of October this year.

He said, from that amount, 920,217 lines have been terminated and 457,645 were updated with valid information.

“The MCMC through the Department of Information (JaPen) also implemented planned and effective communications strategy through the social media platforms to ensure that the people could get accurate and valid information about cyber frauds which utilise various modus operandi in tricking their victims to obtain their personal data and money.

“MCMC also implemented initiatives to create awareness through forums, news report, Public Service Announcements (PSA), social media infographics, online media and radio programmes,” he said, answering the question from the Member of Parliament (BN-Kimanis) Datuk Mohamad Alamin in an oral Question and Answer session in the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.

Mohamad Alamin asked about the initiatives by the ministry in ensuring that the people are safe from cyber frauds that used invalid mobile applications, phone calls with various modus operandi to trick their victims into surrendering their personal data and money.

Saifuddin further elaborated that from January until October this year, Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) through its four television channels, 34 radio stations and 192 social media accounts had aired 6,788 announcements in its entire platform about cyber frauds and the abuse of personal data.

Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 10 SEPTEMBER 2020
Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 10 SEPTEMBER 2020

“In ensuring the messages reach the people, the announcements were done through PSA and infographic which are being broadcasted all the time until now. RTM also worked in ensuring that the messages are delivered in an audience friendly and entertaining way.

“MCMC through CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM) also helped Malaysians to overcome cyber scam through cyber security awareness programmes.

“This needed continuous implementation of cyber security awareness activities to cultivate cyber security practices in their daily living and also to increase the knowledge of cyber threats which are always evolving according to the digital technology advancement,” he said.

Earlier, Saifuddin told the Dewan Rakyat that the online and offline scam is under the jurisdiction of the police, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), Security Commission (SC), Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) or relevant agencies, depending on the type of frauds.

“For matters related to investigation, the PDRM-MCMC Cyber Crime Committee formed would continue to be mobilised and strengthen to lead the more strategic and organised actions between the PDRM and MCMC in eradicating cyber crimes, including those related to frauds and scam.

“The cooperation and collaboration between the two parties, especially in sharing information and expertise concur with facilitating enforcement activities to overcome the issues on social media abuse more effectively,” he added.

He said, from the aspect of regulating the industry, the MCMC conducted data validation audits with the National Registration Department (JPN) to ensure the integrity of the mobile prepaid lines database so that all active numbers could be validated.

The measure, according to him, could prevent data from being misused by irresponsible individuals aimed to perform frauds. –MalaysiaGazette

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