BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, June 26 (Xinhua) -- The public of Brunei are reminded to be wary of scammers using mobile and landline phones to acquire personal information with the intention of causing financial loss, government agencies said Tuesday.
According to Radio Television Brunei (RTB), the sultanate's national broadcaster, the reminder was issued by the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), 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 RBPF, 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.
According to RTB, the conversation can be conducted in any language, with most of the recent calls being made in Mandarin. The relevant agencies said that the real source of the call is hidden or masked to portray the image of a legitimate call, which is very difficult to trace the real source of the call.
The government agencies said that this is a challenge being faced globally, and Brunei is not the only target for these scammers.
AITI, which regulates the country's telecom industry, said days ago that the government will continue to monitor and investigate hoax calls received by subscribers in the country, assuring that the telecom companies are striving together to address the issue.