Security personnel falls victim to online ad

KUANTAN – A security personnel has lodged a police report claiming he lost RM1,350 after being duped into buying gold through an advertisement on a social media last week.

Pahang Commercial Criminal Investigation Department head Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the 34-year-old victim claimed the purchase dealing was made last Oct 16 via Whatsapp through a telephone number that was given on the advertisement.

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“The victim claimed to have made full payment for the gold through online transfer and was given the tracking number last Oct 17.

“However, check by the victim at the website of the courier company last Oct 19 found that the tracking number was for delivery of goods to Kepong, Kuala Lumpur,” he told reporters here today.

Mohd Wazir said the victim contacted the suspect again and after several attempts found that his telephone number had been blocked by the suspect.

The victim lodged a police report at the Temerloh police station yesterday, he added.

In another case, a 45-year-old teacher claimed she lost RM7,950 after being deceived by a man she befriended on Facebook Messenger a month ago.

Mohd Wazir said the teacher claimed that the man had told her on Oct 13 that he wanted to send her a gift of branded items and RM25,000.

“Five days later, she received a message from the man asking her to pay RM3,750 for delivery cost and other payments after that, all of which amounted to RM7,950,” he added.

According to Mohd wazir, the teacher made the payments through the cash deposit machine of a bank between last Oct 18 and 20, before realising that she had been duped by the African Scam syndicate.

— BERNAMA