Bank of Maldives (BML) has stated that there is no employee involvement in the scam calls reported so far.
The Parliamentary Committee on State-Owned Enterprises held a meeting with some of the senior officials of BML regarding numerous customers of the bank being scammed of their money. In response to questions from members of the committee, senior officials from the national bank said it is working hard to raise awareness among customers about scam calls. The committee members also asked about the alleged involvement of bank staff in the scam calls.
Speaking at the committee, Chief Compliance Officer at BML Mariyam Hameed said that there is no evidence to support the claims that inmates are involved in scam calls although rumours circulate on social media. She pointed out that the number of BML customers is high and that scam calls have often been made to BML customers as well as customers of other banks.
Maldives Police Service said at a recent press conference that over the past four years, numerous efforts have been made to stop calls made through SIM cards. As such, 2,196 service numbers have been cut off to prevent scam calls, and the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of 817 phones has been blacklisted.