Online scams have become a lot more rampant especially now as we are spending more time online be it to shop, sell, or browse.
It’s highly likely you may encounter or hear about a scam every so often.
Here are 8 steps you can take to avoid online scams:
1. Never, ever share your personal details with other people.
Such as address, phone number, identification card number, online banking login details, or credit/debit card OTP. Keep this information strictly to yourself only.
2. Always be doubtful and paranoid.
Question deals and promotions that sound “too good to be true” and “too easy to be done”. A contest that offers an insane amount of rewards or an attractive job opportunity or income that requires you to make upfront payments first. (That’s obviously a scam!)
3. Think twice or thrice, just take your time.
Do not accept/respond to something instantly no matter how urgent it is. Instead, take time to verify the situation through reliable sources and official platforms.
4. Stay calm no matter what.
If you receive a call, a message, or an email from an authority that demands you to take action instantly or you’ll get into trouble, stay calm, take a deep breath, and call the authorities through official contacts to verify the situation with them.
5. Observe the sender’s information.
Does the call or message come from a private number or foreign number?
Does the email come from an address that ends with a random domain?
If yes, don’t respond to any of them.
6. Strengthen your online accounts
Set a strong password combination, update your software to the latest version are some of the effective ways to prevent account hacking.
7. Always refer to an official source
There are many ways in which a scammer may fool you, this may include impersonating someone they are not. When in doubt, always refer to the verified and official channels such as AntsAble’s official website or official social media accounts.
8. Always download App from official Google Play Store or Apple App Store
Do not download any App from from unknown source or suspicious links.
Beware as our App does not required user to provide banking details , if any seller asking for such details. Please do not proceed and report to us immediately.
If you've encountered suspicious online activities, We strongly encourages you to report it to the nearest police station or via:
1. SEMAKMULE, a PDRM platform to check on bank accounts and telephone numbers involved with commercial crimes: https://semakmule.rmp.gov.my/
2. CCID Infoline (8:00AM to 12:00AM), a PDRM WhatsApp channel to check on the status of police reports and submit information on commercial crime cases: 013-211 1222
3. CCID Scam Response Centre (8:00AM to 8:00PM), a PDRM information hotline to submit information or inquire information on online scams: 03-26101559 / 03-26101599