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Man losses RM39,000 after downloading app offering discount for utility bills PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 July 2021 11:13

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KUCHING: A 49-year-old man lost RM39,700 after downloading a mobile application that required him to provide his personal details including banking information.

Sibu police chief Assistant Commissioner Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the victim, a self-employed man, saw an advertisement introducing the application dubbed as 'Direct Pay' when browsing his social media account on Friday.

He said the advert caught the victim's attention as it offered an eight per cent discount for utility bills paid via the application.
"He (victim) sent a message to the number that appeared on the advertisement to ask for more information.
Later, he received a reply (from WhatsApp), instructing the victim to download the application and provide his personal details, including bank information to enjoy the discount.

Stanley said the victim received a phone call from the bank the next day, stating that 12 transactions, involving RM23,700, had been transferred to a particular account.

"The victim had no idea whose account that was and only realised he was cheated later and lodged a police report."

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property.

 

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2021/07/710057/man-losses-rm39000-after-downloading-app-offering-discount-utility?fbclid=IwAR3SLDCPp_n3dghOOlSvvdrkI4GNw61WimK3F0Vzsh6nhhfo6BSquNDcGQI

 
FOMCA terima banyak aduan kenaikan premium insurans PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 July 2021 13:06

Federation of Malaysians Consumers AssociationsJulai 16, 2021 @ 5:24pm
KUALA LUMPUR: Kenaikan mendadak harga premium insurans kesihatan antara 30 hingga 60 peratus antara tujuh aduan diterima Gabungan Persatuan Pengguna Malaysia (FOMCA) berdasarkan 495 aduan yang diterima dalam tempoh dua minggu.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif FOMCA, Saravanan Thambirajah, berkata isu itu dikesan membabitkan sebilangan syarikat insurans yang bertindak menaikkan harga premium insurans kesihatan sejak tahun lalu ekoran penularan pandemik COVID-19.

Beliau berkata, tindakan itu tidak sepatutnya berlaku ketika rakyat khususnya ada pelanggannya yang hilang kerja dan pendapatan.

"Apa pun alasan mereka (syarikat insurans) menaikkan harga premium insurans kesihatan, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) perlu kawal selia dengan ketat.
"Pemberian moratorium tiga bulan pun tidak diuar-uarkan secara meluas berdasarkan makluman daripada BNM. Ia menyebabkan ramai orang tidak tahu mengenai moratorium berkenaan dan di pihak kami pun tidak mengetahui lanjut mengenai perkara ini kerana tiada jalinan komunikasi yang baik.

"Kita sudah memberitahu kepada mereka (syarikat insurans), jangan naikkan harga sebab pandemik COVID-19, sebab ada yang hilang kerja dan hilang pendapatan," katanya pada sidang media maya selepas menghantar memorandum kepada BNM yang diwakili Timbalan Gabenor, Abdul Rasheed Ghaffour, hari ini.

Pengurus Kanan Pusat Khidmat Aduan Pengguna Nasional (NCCC), Baskaran Sithamparam, berkata lebih mendukacitakan ada pelanggan tidak dimaklumkan mengenai kenaikan harga yang perlu dibayar.

"Pelanggan tidak diberitahu mengenai kenaikan harga premium yang membebankan. Jika satu keluarga ada empat orang, insurans naik RM50... ia adalah peningkatan yang banyak. Jadi, pihak insurans kena maklumkan kepada pelanggan.

"Walaupun mereka (syarikat insurans) ada kuasa untuk naikkan caj perkhidmatan dan caj mutlak, syarikat insurans sepatutnya maklumkan perkara itu. Bank Negara juga kena lihat peratusan (kenaikan) dan sepatutnya kawal selia.

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Regulate steep hike in insurance premiums, Bank Negara told PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 July 2021 12:55

Welcome to National Consumer Complaints Centre HomepageFederation of Malaysians Consumers AssociationsJuly 16, 2021 6:43 PM
PETALING JAYA: The National Consumer Complaints Centre (NCCC) has urged Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to regulate the steep increase in insurance premiums.

In a memorandum sent to BNM, NCCC, a division under the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations, said insurance companies were increasing premiums at such a rapid rate that consumers were unable to pay at short notice.

Its senior manager, Baskeran Sithamparam, said the time frame given for the increase in premium to take effect is often rather short.

“Policyholders need time to adjust to the premium increase.”

Baskeran said that if the premium increase was too big, there was also a high possibility that the policy may lapse, with the policyholder being unable to keep up with payments.

“BNM should regulate the insurance premiums very strictly. If there is any increase, the justification must come from BNM as insurance companies are under its purview.”

Baskeran added that although patients had medical cards, there had been numerous instances when insurance companies denied approval for certain treatments.

In fact, he said insurance companies would insist that the policyholders pay the expenses first and claim later in certain cases.

Baskeran said it was unfair for insurance industries to expect policyholders to pay first as they had been paying their premiums promptly.

“Consumers paying their premiums but being unable to use their medical card will lead to distrust in insurance companies.

“The ‘pay first, claim later’ practice should be abolished. It should not be applicable when a medical card has been provided,” he said.

Baskeran also said BNM should ensure there are affordable medical insurance policies for those in the lower-income bracket.

“In short, BNM must be more vigilant and ensure consumers who buy insurance policies are well protected,” he said.

 

Source: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/07/16/regulate-steep-hike-in-insurance-premiums-bank-negara-told/

 
Fomca: More than 1,500 complaints on insurance industry received over past year PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 July 2021 12:59

Welcome to National Consumer Complaints Centre HomepageFederation of Malaysians Consumers AssociationsFriday, 16 Jul 2021 6:25 PM MYT
PETALING JAYA: The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) received more than 1,500 complaints regarding insurance companies last year, a number of them involving the substantial increase of medical insurance premiums.

Fomca national consumer complaints centre senior manager S. Baskaran said some of the increases were so steep that consumers could not afford the premium under short notice.

"Even more so during the pandemic when people have lost their jobs or taken drastic pay cuts.

“It's not fair to increase the premiums as it (medical insurance) is an important thing to have," he told a press conference on Friday (July 16).

Baskaran said one complainant, a 60-year-old physically challenged woman who bought her policy 12 years ago and was paying a monthly premium of RM159, received a notification that it had been increased to RM459, an increase of 188%.

"If the premium increases by too much, there is a possibility that the policy may lapse and eventually be terminated if the holder is unable to keep up with the payments," he said.

Fomca had on Friday submitted a memorandum to Bank Negara deputy president Abdul Rasheed Ghaffour on the issue and six other matters regarding insurance.

It urged the central bank to look into the complaints, saying that consumers need policies that are able to protect them and their families.

"The onus is on the insurance industry to develop and revamp in the areas where there are many weaknesses.

"It has to cover every angle so as not to put policyholders in a difficult situation. Bank Negara must be more vigilant and ensure that consumers are well protected,“ said Baskaran.

The other complaints Fomca received included cash values accumulated over time being utilised to cover revised total premiums without the consent of the policyholder; consumers told to pay first and claim later; disputes on claimd; as well as misleading terms in policies.

 

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/07/16/fomca-more-than-1500-complaints-on-insurance-industry-received-last-year

 
Facebook Collaborates On #TakNakScam Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 July 2021 16:37

Facebook is testing a TikTok-style short video format on its main app in  India | HT TechJuly 16, 2021
KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 – As part of the industry effort to fight financial fraud, Royal Malaysian Police’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) and Facebook Malaysia, in partnership with government agencies, industry and consumer associations today launched a nationwide #TakNakScam awareness campaign to educate the public on how to identify, check and report against highly deceptive tactics employed by scammers.

In a statement, Facebook said this ongoing campaign held from July till the end of September is a joint effort between CCID, Royal Malaysian Police, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), Bursa Malaysia Bhd, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM), The Association of Banks in Malaysia (ABM), Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (FOMCA) and the Education and Research Association for Consumers, Malaysia (ERA Consumer Malaysia).

“More people than ever before are now online and social media helps people stay connected with communities, families, and friends around the world,” Facebook Malaysia Acting Country Director Justin Murugaya said.

“However, it is not just the good guys that are online.

“With the rising scam cases across Malaysia, we hope that this campaign will help support various law enforcement and government agencies, industry and consumer associations and the financial services sector in building and ensuring a safer online ecosystem in Malaysia.”

Many Malaysian have become victims of frauds and scams since the beginning of the Movement Control Order (MCO), financial scams being most prevalent, as scammers exploit increasing reliance on technology.

According to PDRM, cybercrime fraud in Malaysia is on the rise at a concerning level.

Over the last five years, a total of 67,552 cyber scam cases were reported between 2017 till this June 20, recording a total loss of RM2.23 billion.

Of the total, e-commerce scams top the chart with 23,011 cases, followed by illegal loans 21,008 cases and investment scams, 6, 273 cases.

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