Jakarta (ANTARA) - Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Bambang Soesatyo has advised the public to be more careful when making e-payment transactions, especially through the Quick Response Code Indonesian Standard (QRIS).

"Ensure the (details of the) recipient before making the payment. Don't proceed with the transaction if the name or the recipient of the payment process is not official or looks sketchy," Soesatyo said here on Tuesday.

He made the statement in response to reports that QRIS is being used as a fraud tool, with dozens of QRIS fake codes found at a mosque in Jakarta recently.

He asked the police to coordinate with the relevant stakeholders in investigating the case.

"Please find the perpetrators immediately so they can be sentenced in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations," he said.

The MPR Speaker also asked the police to coordinate with the Ministry of Finance and banks to take preventive measures to prevent the abuse of QRIS for personal gains.

Some of the efforts, he said, can include increasing public awareness that QRIS should only be used for official payments and tightening supervision of QRIS usage in the public.

"So that people can get security guarantee while using QRIS for various payment transactions," he said.

Based on an earlier report, the South Jakarta Police arrested a man suspected of sticking fake QRIS barcode stickers at a number of mosques in the area.

"The suspect was arrested by a joint team involving the Greater Jakarta Police," South Jakarta Police Criminal Investigation Unit head, Commissioner Irwandhy Idrus, told reporters here on Tuesday.

Idrus said that the suspect was arrested in Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta, but he did provide further details.

The Mosque Prosperity Council (DKM) of Nurul Iman Mosque at Blok M Square Jakarta said the alleged perpetrator had returned the money to the mosque's account.

"Yes, we have received it, but some of it may not be the mosque congregation's money, it could be money from anywhere, from the (fake) QRIS stickers spread anywhere else," chairperson of Nurul Iman Mosque DKM Habibi Katin said.

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