Joint Press Release on Scam Calls

Members of the public are reminded to be wary of scammers using mobile and landline phones to dishonestly acquire personal information with the intention of causing financial loss. The reminder was issued by the Royal Brunei Police Force, the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), and the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD), following reports of unidentified local or international numbers with "pre-recorded" calls - pretending to be law enforcers or government agencies.

In a joint press release, the Police Force, AITI and AMBD said that the callers try to obtain personal information or accuse the receivers of committing a crime in a foreign country - with the intention of extorting payment to clear their names. The conversation can be conducted in any language, with most of the recent calls being made in Mandarin. The relevant agencies said that the calls are not necessarily from the phone numbers which appear in caller identification. The real source of the call is hidden or masked to portray the image of a legitimate call. Because of this, the agencies said that it is very difficult to trace the real source of the call. This is a challenge being faced globally, and Brunei is not the only target for these scammers.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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