Scams are a growing problem in Malaysia. This article will give you a brief overview of the most common scams.
Internet “friends” asking for money
The most common scam stories are people that claim they need money to cover hospital expenses after an accident, or lawyer fees that will help them get access to inherited money.
The embassy strongly advises you never to pay or transfer any money to persons you have just met, only interacted with, or “dated” through the internet.
It is also not unusual for people to invite you to join different ways of gambling, and then cheat you in order for you to lose big sums of money.
Consultants offering their services
It is equally common that local “consultants” will offer to help you with local knowledge and contacts, and then charge you high fees for none, or worthless, information.
Skimming and credit card fraud
Copying and skimming of debit and credit cards is also usual, and it is recommended to pay with cash whenever that is possible. If you use your card, keep your eyes open during the payment process, and demand that you accompany the waiter/cashier if the payment terminal is situated in another room. Also try to avoid using ATM’s that are located outside or inside stores.
There are no airport fees to be paid before leaving Malaysia. Any claims for such fees are thus scams.
If you want to know whether a said Malaysian company is real or not, you may contact any Malaysian embassy. It is also possible to visit the internet site www.cybersecurity.my, which is a division under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Their goal is to fight internet scams and to help internet users.
Contact information to Cybersecurity:
Phone number: +603 – 8946 0999
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 17.30
To report internet scams, please send an e-mail to: email@example.com