SEREMBAN: A total 2,972 social media-cum-phone scams have been reported with the Negri Sembilan police involving losses of more than RM112mil since the first movement control order.

State Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Supt Aibee Ab Ghani said these cases, which included love, Macau and SMS scams, non-existent loans, investment schemes and on-line purchases, were reported from March 18 last year to June 30 this year.

He said comparatively, the number of cases reported for the same duration from March 18, 2018 to June 30, 2019 totalled 2,390 cases with losses amounting to RM49.5mil.

“Although the number of cases increased by almost 25%, the monetary losses were 126% higher,” he said in a statement on Monday (July 12).

Supt Aibee said the scams reported since March 18 last year represented 73% of all cases reported to his department.

Of these, online purchase scams was the highest with 32%, followed by non-existent loans (20%), investment schemes, Macau/SMS scams (both 8%) and love scams (5%).

He said there was an increase in all categories of fraud except for the Macau scam.

“All types of scams saw an increase of between 27% and 104%.

“But Macau scam dropped by 21% as compared to the previous corresponding period,” he added.

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