This article was originally posted here...
GREED and low awareness are among the reasons people fall victim to commercial crimes.
Penang deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan said most victims do not deal with scam syndicate members face to face.
“The most popular way is through the Internet.
“Some of the popular commercial crimes are parcel scam, love scam, spoofing, phishing and scratch-and-win contests,” he told a press conference during the launch of a commercial crime awareness campaign at Queensbay Mall in Penang on Tuesday.
DCP Thaiveegan added that most victims were “blinded” by the large amounts of money offered in the scams and didn’t think twice.
He also said commercial crime cases in Penang recorded a 13.3% increase last year compared to 2014.
He said a total of 19,553 cases were reported in 2015 compared with 16,960 cases in 2014.
“The 13.3% increase is equivalent to 2,593 cases,” he added.
DCP Thaiveegan said police would continue their efforts to educate the public about commercial crimes.