KUALA LUMPUR: Scammers are now calling potential victims on the pretext of offering free bonus points from an airline which can be exchanged for cash.

Kuala Lumpur Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Asst Comm Mohd Mahidisham Ishak said on Aug 27, a victim was contacted by a supposed operator from a local airline, stating that the victim had received the free bonus points.

“The caller told the victim, 31, the points could be converted into cash, around RM750 worth. Believing the scammer, the victim passed on banking details such as debit and credit card numbers to the scammers, under the belief that it was part of the redemption process.

“Following that, the victim received notices from the bank stating that several transactions had been made, worth around RM8,300,” he said in a statement.

The case is currently under investigation by City police and ACP Mohd Mahidisham urged all to not pass any personal or banking details to strangers.

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