Have you been a victim of a money scam in Malaysia? Do you know of anyone like a friend or a family member who has fallen into such traps? Did you know that some RM2 billion is lost each year being cheated by scammers across Malaysia?
All types of scamming
Did you know that the biggest data breach in Malaysia involved some 46 million people (more than the entire population in the country)? Contact information and IC number of these people were leaked then. Some of the syndicates that you would have come across would be Macau scams, catfishing, cryptocurrency scams and others. Scammers are very smart when they are deriving any form of trap. They are innovative and change their moves all the time. This is to avoid detection and to avoid using the same tactics all the time. But have you ever wondered, how did the scammers identify you before they call you?
Basic principles are the same
There is no one sure way to identify how scammers work but you surely can learn about their basic fundamentals and avoid being victimized. So, how do they select the victims to target? You would have thought that scammers will try to call as many people as possible and then hope that some of them took their bait. The truth is, scammers do have a profile of their targets and they know who they are after.
- Details – Scammers like the Nigerian Prince syndicates deliberately use poor English as they want to divert your attention from their address.
- Intimidate – This is most common among Macau scams. They will call you and threaten you. If they sense that you are not scared and you start asking questions, they will just end the call. But if you sound scared and want to clear your name, then they will start by giving you their demands.
So, where did they get your information from?
The truth is, data leaks are happening each day. It is very common over the internet and it could come from even the most stable of banks. Unfortunately, the source of the data leak will never be known as you might have registered for accounts in various portals and apps. Your personal information is then sold for cheap to cybercriminals. If you do not want your information to be sold, then it would be safer not to register anything online from here forth. But that is easier said than done as we are so digitized today.
Remember that the lesser you provide your personal information to digital platforms and accounts, the lesser the chance of your information being leaked. That said, it does not mean you are to live under a cave and stay disconnected from the world. Keep track of where your information goes and try as much as possible to not use your real identity.