Stronger laws to combat online scams needed, says Selangor top cop

SHAH ALAM: Stronger laws are needed to combat online scams, says Selangor police.

State police chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed said that state police have already recorded RM59.6mil in losses from scams.

“This is from January to June this year. And this is just one contingent and based on our investigations a huge part of losses from scams are funnelled overseas.

“From the 1,354 cases in that time frame involving cheating, only 428 cases were not online related,” he said at the launch of the anti-scam campaign at the state-contingent level at Concorde Hotel here.

With most of the suspects arrested being mule account holders, Comm Arjunaidi said that proving cases in court was difficult.

“This is why I said before we need to make amendments or create new and more suitable laws to fit the time. We hope that this will happen in the near future.

“Our laws do not cover online banking transfers. Are there laws to regulate e-banking, e-commerce and the such?” he said.

He also urged all parties to play their part including the public and those involved such as banks.

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