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Ministry warns of online scams

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Internet use checking information in his Ipad. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Interior Ministry’s anti-cyber crime department warned social network users to beware scammers who make false claims about lottery or award wins.

Fake Facebook accounts with unclear sources have been used in attempts to cheat Cambodian users by sending them messages about winnings but which require users to pay delivery or processing fees first.

Chea Pov, head of the anti-cyber crime department, said there had been complaints from people who had not been cheated.

However there were fears that others might fall prey to the scams.

“That is why we are advertising the risks of online scamming to our fellow brothers and sisters to avoid being cheated, affecting the leadership of the government police led by Samdech Prime Minister,” he said.

“We are also planning to promote the message through other channels, though this would take some time.”

Mr Pov said the ministry could arrest only those within the country.

If they lived outside the country, an agreement with foreign countries would have to be reached before they could be arrested.

Full story on Friday’s paper

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