Deputy Commander-In-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Royal Cambodian Army Commander, General Hun Manet, has warned the public about an Instagram account created by unscrupulous individuals, that use his name to dupe people online.
General Hun Manet announced on Monday that a fake account on Instagram was using his name to cheat people online. The account, “LTG Hun Manet,” was created by unidentified individuals attempting to scam people out of money.
“I would like to let the public know that anonymous people continue to cheat by creating fake accounts and sending messages to people offering help. Beware of scammers who create fake accounts using the names and pictures of leaders for their own benefits,” he said.
Lt. Gen. Chea Pov, Director of the Anti-Cybercrime Department at the Ministry of Interior, added that there has been an increase in anonymous individuals creating fake accounts using the photos and names of Cambodian leaders on social media. However, the authorities have been effective in cracking down on the suspects promptly.
The government is highly focused on combating cybercrime, particularly scammers who misuse photos and names of others on social media. The anti-cybercrime department also makes continued efforts to raise public awareness about these scams.
Having said that, this is not the first instance of fraudsters misusing a photo of Gen. Hun Manet.
In March, the military leader made a cautionary post on his official Facebook page, alerting the public about a fraudulent Telegram account bearing his name. He urged Cambodians, both within and outside the country, to exercise additional caution in interacting with the same.