The clinic used WhatsApp to fish for clients

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PETALING JAYA: The private clinic in Selangor, which offered fake MySejahtera vaccination certificates for RM500 each, sent random messages via WhatsApp. Police investigations revealed that messages advertising the clinic’s illegal service were being sent to thousands of cell phone numbers.

However, only those interested contacted the clinic.

Selangor Police Chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed confirmed that the messages were sent randomly.

“They were looking for potential customers and interested people responded.

“Our surveys revealed that many customers paid for the service through online transactions.

“We are also investigating whether any clients have come to the clinic to make payment,” he told The Star.

He said Selangor police would likely seek help from Bukit Aman investigators in the investigation.

“Our checks revealed that of the 5,601 clients registered with the clinic, some were not from Selangor.” We will ask Bukit Aman to help us cross-check the names to identify how many actually received the vaccine and how many only paid for the vaccination certificates,” he said.

Comm Arjunaidi warned the public against getting involved in such activities.

“We will take strong action against anyone involved in these activities that threaten public health and safety.

“While those who offer the service may be liable for negligently committing an act likely to spread infection of any life-threatening disease and giving false information, purchasers could also be liable for a penalty of jail and a fine.

“Buyers could be held liable under Section 468 of the Penal Code for committing a forgery with intent to cheat.

“Anyone who commits a forgery, with the intention that the false document be used for the purpose of fraud, shall be punished with imprisonment for up to seven years, and shall also be liable to a fine,” he said. he declares.

The crackdown on private clinics offering fake digital vaccination certificates has been reported to include those in the Klang Valley.

This comes amid previous raids by authorities in Terengganu and Sabah.

During the latest raid on a private clinic in Gombak on Friday, police discovered that the fake certificates were being offered for RM500 each.

Prior to this, a man was arrested in Sabah for falsifying digital vaccination certificates.

Believed to be a union member, the 31-year-old was arrested by officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

On January 8, police in Terengganu arrested a doctor at a private clinic in Marang for allegedly issuing fake Covid-19 vaccination certificates.

Terengganu Police Chief Datuk Rohaimi Md Isa said the 51-year-old was arrested following a public complaint.

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