Painter and student victim of an online employment scam
KANGAR: A painter and student has lost RM47,324 in two separate incidents due to an online employment scam.
Perlis CID chief Superintendent Wan Aeidil Wan Abdullah said the first victim, a 23-year-old man who worked as a painter in Arau, lost RM39,196, while the second victim was a 19-year-old student. years old who had lost RM8,128. .
“Attracted by a part-time job advertised on Facebook, the man sent a WhatsApp message to the number advertised.
“The suspect instructed the victim to make multiple purchases of goods on the e-commerce platform for an immediate profit of five percent for each purchase,” he said in a statement today.
He said, however, that the victim did not make any purchases through the e-commerce platform, but instead the suspect asked him to make nine online banking transactions on three accounts.
Wan Aeidil said the victim made the transactions using money from his savings and a loan from a friend.
Meanwhile, the student lost her money after she was also tricked by an online job posting in which she was told she could earn a lucrative income of between RM2,500 and RM4,000 on Facebook.
He said the victim transferred the money to two accounts to make purchases of various items on the e-commerce platform.
He said the results of a police check on the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) portal semakmule.rmp.gov.my revealed that seven police reports had been filed against the two bank account numbers.
“The police are actively looking for the suspects and the two cases are being investigated under Article 420 of the Penal Code,” he also said, adding that according to police statistics from January to April 2022 victims of job offer fraud in the state involved a loss. from RM182,829.62.-Bernama