The Communications and Multimedia Consumer Forum of Malaysia (CFM) has warned that the number of cases of false registration of prepaid SIM cards has shown an alarming increase in 2015. CFM received some 89 complaints pertaining to the matter last year, a whole 189-percent more than it saw in 2014.
CFM chairman Megat Ishak Maamunor Rashid says that this is due to agents and dealers using the details of customers to register for fake accounts for illegal foreigners and other customers.
As such, Megat reminds the public to be more careful when handing out personal information. More importantly, the CFM points out that there is no reason for sales representatives to make photocopies of MyKads for registration. This is because there is only an obligation to verify the information recorded, without actually needing to make a copy of anything.
The MCMC has been taking local telcos to task for allowing the problems of false registration of prepaid SIMs. The commission issued a total of 50 compounds amounting to RM2.29 million last year for failing to address the matter; with another 13 compounds issued early this year.