KUALA LUMPUR: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and Malaysia Airports has cautioned air travellers to be aware of imposters posing as agents of a non-existent "Ministry of Aviation Malaysia", as part of an international scam operation.
They operate by issuing a document called "Supreme Decree No.1121 - Regulation in Application of Law 1007 on Travelling by Air Policy", targeting air travellers leaving the country.
The scam claims that the establishment of this law is to introduce the Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA) that passengers leaving Malaysia are required to show at the airport. The BTA varies with the types of travel visas.
"We would like to inform air travellers that this document is not a legitimate document," said a statement issued by Malaysia Airports Wednesday.
It said that the travelling public should be aware that Malaysia does not impose any BTA to passengers leaving the country.
In past cases, individuals were instructed to either transfer some amount of money or deposit a cheque for the purpose of fees or taxes to the imposter's account or other entity designated by the imposter.
This scam has been reported to spread at the KL International Airport, Malaysia Airports said, urging anyone approached with such document to file a report immediately at the nearest police station. - Bernama