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She lived overseas and I couldn’t make it to her big day. After spending an hour online, I logged off and got started on my Sunday chores. All through the night I got calls from friends asking if I was all right. ‘Just make sure no-one puts money into that account,’ I told them. ‘This happens all the time and the hackers would have collected the money by now.’ ‘But how did it happen? The officer explained the hackers use software that puts random passwords into your account until they get a match. He told me that in future, I should change my password every month and only use one computer to log on.
At 8pm, I was about to settle into bed with a magazine when I was interrupted by a phone call. It was scary to know there was someone out there preying on my friends’ good nature. ‘Thank God I got in contact,’ my friend Paul* said. ‘I’m so sorry Paul,’ I said when I told him the bad news. ‘I’ve learnt a valuable lesson from all this.’ Today, it’s been three months since the scam and despite all that has happened, I still have a Facebook account.
A Reuters report quoted the US officials as saying the conmen took advantage of Malaysia’s good Internet infrastructure to prey on lonely middle-aged women, wooing them on dating sites before swindling them of their savings.
When asked about this, the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (MAPCU) president Datuk Dr Parmjit Singh said the information on such “students” was not with them and that it was the authorities who should be clamping down on such rogue institutions.
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“The information on such activities is with the authorities, not us, so we are unable to comment further on this.
It went on to quote US officials as saying that Malaysia’s police lack the resources and expertise to tackle the problem and that to date, there has not been a single prosecution of a case involving a US victim.
Last December, it was reported that the number of Internet scam cases in Malaysia more than doubled in 2013 with total losses of more than US million (RM36 million) and 476 Africans apprehended for suspected involvement.
They made my blood boil and hopefully reading this will prevent yours from boiling.
PETALING JAYA: Financial scams in the country involving Nigerians are not new, especially when they are launched on the Internet.