Police will put up notices at automated teller machines nationwide to warn the people of a fake Akademi Fantasia 4 offer.

It is learnt that a syndicate sends out SMSes randomly to potential victims, informing them that they had won RM9,000 in a special AF4 contest.

Those who responded were instructed to deposit between RM900 and RM1,000 into an account as collateral. Most of the victims made the payment via cash deposit machines.

State Commercial Crime division chief ACP Rosli Ab Rahman said the notices were part of the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime division’s campaign to send the message directly to the people, with assistance from Bank Negara.

The notices are already pasted at Maybank ATMs and would be expanded to other banks.

The police have also linked up with telecommunication providers to spread the news to their customers.

As a result, Celcom has begun sending SMSes to its customers, informing them of the scam.

“This is a concerted effort to prevent the public from falling victim to the scam,” Rosli said.

Last month, seven people in Penang had fallen victim to the scam, losing about RM7,000.

Last year, 24 cases were reported.

Police have unmasked the identify of the syndicate’s mastermind following the arrest of 10 suspects in Sabah last September.