New scam sees groups on WhatsApp and Telegram claiming to ‘collect funds’ on behalf of Bank Negara | #whatsapp | #lovescams | #phonescams

PETALING JAYA: Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has issued an alert over a new scam where individuals are claiming to collect funds on behalf of the central bank.

In a posting on Facebook, BNM said it has received information where individuals in group chats on platforms like Telegram and WhatsApp have reportedly posted messages claiming that they have orders from officers in BNM to gather and process funds.

BNM reiterated that it will never ask for funds from members of the public. People are urged to be aware and lodge a report with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) if they have received such messages.

Separately, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has also issued an alert for a scam phone call by an individual claiming to be an MCMC Tribunal officer.

MCMC in a statement on Feb 2 said it does not operate an MCMC Tribunal and there are no employees under such an entity as claimed by the individual. It added that any announcement related to MCMC will be made through its official channels and not through an individual with a personal phone number.

Members of the public are also advised to contact the National Scam Response Centre through the 997 hotline if they have received any suspicious phone calls.

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