I'm 20 years old and wouldn't consider myself a gullible person in any way. And yet there are people around me who are older and lost hundreds or even millions of their savings due to online scams.
It is more common than you think, just ask the people around you and you'll be shocked as I was.
Especially, the notorious Macau scams that we've all come to hate; skilled in impersonating the official authorities. Despite the widely publicised cases all over media platforms, people are still falling for it.
Reason being that the 'perceived' authorities sounded believable, and they were simply caught off guard. It's human nature but what's not is transferring large sums of money to a random bank account for a stranger, be it police officers or bank officials, they're all strangers.
Our blind trust towards official authorities might be the problem
This calls for a new perspective that our blind trust towards official authorities might be the problem. After all, Malaysians are law-abiding citizens. Not to say that we abide by all the rules and regulations, but we are fairly compliant to our leaders and even our elderlies.
Fellow Malaysians, we need to think before we speak.
When people identify themselves as police officers, we still do not know them personally or their intentions, which makes them a complete stranger.
If there is no trust, then there is no scam. It is as simple as that.
We would always teach our young ones about 'stranger danger'.
Maybe it is time that we practise what we preach.
Seriously Malaysians, don't talk to strangers.
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