The Securities Fee Malaysia (SC) warned the general public at present a few sharp improve in clone agency scams this yr. The fee detailed that some fraudulent firms are impersonating authorized entities together with public listed firms (PLCs) by misusing their identify and official brand to trick traders.
The SC additional talked about that these clone companies supply unrealistically excessive returns to the traders in a brief span of time by promoting non-existent shares of the PLCs. The fraudsters additionally use clone company emails and different credentials whereas selling funding schemes by way of social media channels.
In accordance with the official press launch, the regulator identified that these clone companies are concentrating on PLCs associated to property and medical sectors. The focused events have launched complaints to the police in addition to the SC.
“The victims are sometimes instructed to offer private info akin to their names, NRIC numbers, and financial institution particulars, after which they are going to be directed to switch funds to the private financial institution accounts of the scammers. Following this, the fraudsters will induce the victims to half with extra money on the pretext of earnings tax funds, administrative charges, financial institution fees, withdrawal charges or change charges,” the SC talked about within the press launch.
The regulator urged individuals to remain cautious towards the rise in fraud and requested individuals to confirm the checking account particulars on the ‘Semak Mule’ on-line utility and web site to ensure the checking account has not been concerned in fraudulent actions earlier than. “The SC wish to remind the traders to at all times train warning when evaluating funding alternatives, particularly these promising very excessive returns with little or no threat and to hunt the counsel of licensed and bonafide advisors. Buyers are urged to confirm the standing of people or firms providing investing alternatives by way of the SC web site,” the regulator added.
Malaysia’s monetary regulator additionally added three firms to the warning record at present and flagged them as unauthorized companies.