Online fraud is on the rise, but this is not a new phenomena. Almost every day, there are new victims that have fallen to scammers that use sophisticated and well-planned schemes to defraud people of their money.
On Christmas Day, they even tried to scam Fahmi Fadzil, the Communications and Digital Minister (KKD).
According to a tweet he made, a suspected scammer added his phone number to a WhatsApp group.
Then, he stated in the WhatsApp group that he had informed the authorities of the group’s existence. After he sent that message, he was promptly booted out from the group.
Fahmi urged anyone who has been the victim of fraud to call 997 immediately. 997 is the hotline number for the National Scam Response Centre (NSRC), which is reachable from 8am to 8pm daily, including public holidays.
Some Twitter users asked Fahmi who leaked their personal information and numbers, and they requested that the Minister look into this.
Did you know you can can block strangers from adding you to a WhatsApp group? Just go to: Settings > Privacy > Groups > My contacts.