Web­site to check du­bi­ous ac­counts

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY CHARLES RAMENDRAN

KUALA LUMPUR: The fed­eral Com­mer­cial Crimes In­ves­ti­ga­tions Depart­ment (CCID) will soon launch a web por­tal where the pub­lic can ver­ify bank ac­count num­bers to as­cer­tain if it is gen­uine or black­listed as fraud­u­lent.

The web­site, that will be fully ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic in the near future, was cre­ated by the CCID to counter the ris­ing num­ber of cheat­ing cases in­volv­ing on­line trad­ing and other scams.

Fed­eral CCID deputy di­rec­tor and head of cy­ber and mul­ti­me­dia in­ves­ti­ga­tion SAC Ahmad No­ordin Ismail said yes­ter­day the por­tal is in its trial stages and be­ing fine­tuned be­fore it is of­fi­cially launched by CCID di­rec­tor Comm Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Ab­dul­lah Sani, who mooted the idea for the web­site.

He said just hours af­ter a trial run was launched a few days ago, the por­tal had re­ceived 47,000 hits and 25,000 searches.

“The por­tal is be­ing built to de­ter fraud and help the pub­lic when they are car­ry­ing out trans­ac­tions that in­volve bank ac­counts.

“The search al­lows them to ver­ify if any given bank ac­count num­ber had been re­ported to be in­volved in fraud,” Ahmad No­ordin said.

The web­site is ac­ces­si­ble at http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/ se­ma­mule/.

On av­er­age, po­lice re­ceive about 500 re­ports each month in­volv­ing e-com­merce fraud that of­ten re­quired buy­ers to make pay­ments via bank trans­fers be­fore pur­chases are de­liv­ered.

Last year, over 6,200 re­ports were lodged by on­line shop­pers who were fleeced of about RM30 mil­lion.

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