BY: Zaki Salleh
IPOH: Awareness of the dangers of online scams needs to be widely disseminated among the public to prevent them from falling prey to voracious criminals.
The Centre for Media and Communication Research (CMCR) at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) is set to organize the Anti-Scam Carnival 2023 at Jalan Pegoh National School this Saturday.
This initiative aims to create awareness and provide information to the public, particularly at the school level, on how to address this emerging trend in criminal activity.
The program is made possible through a Research Grant between UTAR and the Commercial Crime Investigation Department of the Royal Malaysia Police, Bukit Aman.
It has received collaboration from the Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG) of SK Jalan Pegoh, the Neighborhood Watch Club of Taman Pengkalan Jaya, and the Child Welfare Team of Kinta.
According to the Carnival Director, Afi Roshezry Abu Bakar, the objective of the program is to foster awareness and educate the community on handling issues related to scam crimes.
“This creates a strong ecosystem involving UTAR, the Royal Malaysia Police, schools, relevant government agencies, and the local community.
“Knowledge about anti-scam measures is crucial to avoid falling easily into the deceit and tricks employed by scammers,” he said.o
He further added that the carnival-themed program will include recreational activities such as archery, exhibition spaces for government and private agencies, as well as sales booths.
Therefore, the local community is encouraged to attend and take advantage of the opportunity to obtain information to prevent becoming victims of scam artists.