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KUCHING (Oct 5): Commercial crimes in Sarawak jumped by 88.25 per cent from Jan 1 to Aug 31 this year compared to the same period last year, said Sarawak police commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail.

He said 1,922 commercial crime cases were recorded during the first eight months of this year, compared to 1,021 cases during the same period last year.

“This is an increase of 901 cases or 88.25 per cent, an increase that is almost doubled.

“The losses incurred for that period in 2021 was RM38.9 million, while for the same period in 2020, it was RM52.8 million,” he said during his opening speech for the October edition of the Virtual Sarawak Financial Awareness (ViSFA) Campaign on Zoom today.

Aidi said the state’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) is responsible for investigating criminal cases of fraud, breach of trust, cybercrime, counterfeiting, unlicensed money lenders (Ah Long), counterfeit money, and the like.

He said among the commercial crime cases that involved the most victims in Sarawak was loan fraud or loans that did not exist, which amounted to 326 cases and losses totalling RM3.1 million.

“Others include Macau Scam with 120 cases and losses of RM4.1 million; online impersonation with 96 cases and losses of RM597,000; car sales and purchase with 92 cases and RM980,000 losses; and love scam or parcel scam with 88 cases and a loss of RM1.9 million,” he said.

Aidi also revealed the typical modus operandi of…

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