KUALA LUMPUR: Men are more susceptible to online shopping scams than women, according to Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) statistics over the past five years.
Deputy Home Secretary II Datuk Jonathan Yasin said that between 2017 and October this year, 9,993 of the 17,520 victims who were deceived by online shopping were men.
“In total, 7,527 victims are women, and all the victims involved are between 21 and 30 years old,” he said in responding to a motion tabled by Vivian Wong Shir Yee (PH-Sandakan) in the Special Chamber. of Parliament today.
Jonathan said that for the non-existent loan fraud cases, a total of 14,884 victims were involved during the same period, of which 8,264 were men and 6,620 were women.
He said studies have found victims of this type of fraud to be of varying ages and educational levels.
Meanwhile, Jonathan said that between 2017 and October of this year, a total of 75,086 fraud cases were reported involving various modes of operation (MO).
“Among them are online shopping, non-existent loans, investing, the African scam, the Macau scam, and the commercial email compromise (BEC).
“A total of 34,281 arrests were made with 19,061 cases brought to court, involving losses estimated at over RM 2.4 billion,” he said.
Jonathan said that among the factors that led victims to be deceived were crooks disguising themselves as officials of the authorities, being lured by offers or investment opportunities, and ignoring current issues.
The victims also did not do their due diligence and verify the calls received, he said, adding that the crooks used various advanced techniques to deceive the victims in a very convincing way, he said. declared.-Bernama