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Online Fraud Victims Must Come Forward To Facilitate Probe

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KUALA BERANG – Victims of online business fraud should come forward to facilitate investigations on purchasing and selling sites found to have deceived consumers.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said most of the victims were ashamed to come forward and report the fraud to the authorities.

“Immediately report any fraud directly to the police in order to facilitate efforts of the police, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for any technicality on these fraud-related online sites.

“For such an issue, we will cooperate with the police and Ministry of Domestic, Trade and Consumerism (KPDNKK) for offences under the act pertaining to online fraud. MCMC will only act when a case is referred to us in writing,” he said.

Jailani, who is also Hulu Terengganu Member of Parliament, was met by reporters at the Hulu Terengganu Quran Recital Hari Raya celebration event here today.

He said two sites that were blocked recently were upon the request of the police.

For an online trading site to operate, he said, it should comply and be subjected to the Consumer Protection (Electronic Trade Transactions) Regulations which came into force on July 1, 2013.

“When purchasing any kinds of products, equipment, vehicles and so on online, ensure the seller has already registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM)  because it will facilitate the police, KPDNKK to conduct an investigation if there are any fraud cases,” he added.

According to a local newspaper report, so far an estimated 30,000 complaints were received by the Malaysian Islamic Consumers Association in connection with online sales portal fraud. – BERNAMA

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