Econ Ministry holds discussions to address increasing number of scam calls

The Ministry of Economic Affairs has launched a joint effort with other relevant agencies to address the increasing number of scam calls and fraudulent money transfers in the country.

The Economic Ministry said Minister Fayyaz Ismail Monday met with officials of the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA), Bank of Maldives (BML), and Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB) regarding the matter. However, details of the meeting were not shared.

Authorities have repeatedly urged the public to be vigilant against fraudulent promotions run in the name of companies and businesses. Police said such scams are now run in a highly organized manner. In recent days, there has been an increase in scam calls where people are told they received G-category flats.

Police have previously said that scam calls are usually made from prisons. The numbers used for scam calls are registered in the names of foreigners. The police recently dealt with a case where over 800 numbers were registered in the name of a single person.

Authorities are constantly reminding the public to identify whom they are dealing with when making significant financial transactions and to ensure the authenticity of the transaction. The police also warned of fraudulent money exchange transactions and cases of sending forged slips after purchasing goods.