Picking up an unknown call can often result in a tragic financial loss.
Numerous headlines have highlighted in recent weeks the dire consequences that await those who fall for scam calls, particularly having their bank accounts emptied within a few minutes.
Despite the fact that many have been educated and warned of the dangers of accepting calls from unknown numbers, some still struggle over whether to pick up the call for fear that it might be an urgent call.
From my own experience, I’ve encountered two forms of scams after picking up calls from unknown numbers.
One of them was the infamous Macau scam, where it has dominated national headlines in recent weeks and documented the pain of those who have fallen for it.
Simply put, Macau scams are a form of telecommunication fraud where someone impersonates an officer from a bank, government or organization in hopes of duping victims into giving their personal information away.
The most prevalent example of this are calls from the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN), where the “officer” will claim that you’ve failed to pay your income tax.
PSA: if you received a call from an unknown number which begins with “ini notis penting dari Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri” with soft music playing in the background, hang up immediately.— Don’t Hate On This Amber (@Ambering_) March 3, 2022
Even as a person who’s generally very cautious about such calls, I unfortunately believed that I had run afoul of LHDN. Thankfully, I came to senses at the eleventh hour and gave the scammer a fake IC number before hanging up.
After hanging up,I was trembling with fear upon realising what trouble I could have gotten myself into have I not recognised that it was a scam at the very last second.
Thus, I can really resonate and understand why there are so many people who succumb to scam calls like this. While things would be better if you decide not to pick up, but how do you determine when’s the right time to do so?
Another scam tactic comes in the form of the scammer pretending to be an old friend but somehow refuses to reveal his/her name while egging you on to mention a friend’s name which will lend strength to their bogus story.
While I do not know in detail the modus operandi of this tactic, I’ve read posts from netizens and news of Malaysians who have fallen for it, thinking that the scammer was really an acquaintance.
Those who are duped by scam calls may expose themselves to a variety of risks, such as getting their account hacked or personal information leaked to unscrupulous parties while transferring money in hopes of helping their “friend”.
Bware: 1 other trick is rcve n unknown no. He/she act like a fren, n in a harried tone, inform u of new hp no., then keep rminding u 2 delete d old no. (whoever ur actual fren is), n end d call. A few days later, he/she will call again n tell u a sob story n ask 4 financial help.— ipohcmemalee (@ipohcmemalee) March 4, 2022
By now, you’re probably aware of the consequences of being a victim of scams, where it ranges from blackmail to entire life savings swooped away in an instant.
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