A secondary school student from Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan met a man on Facebook two weeks ago which proved disastrous after she lost RM2,000 in a parcel scam.
According to Malay Mail, Port Dickson police chief Supt Aidi Sham Mohamed said the man introduced himself as “John Hamid” and claimed to be a doctor in the United States.
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After two weeks of being "friends" and getting to know each other, the man offered to buy her gifts in the form of jewellery, handbag and shoes, on top of promising to send her money to look for a house for him, as he allegedly wanted to move to Malaysia.
“The victim, who is 16-years-old, received a call from an alleged courier agent purportedly from the KL International Airport asking her to remit some money for handling the parcel.
“The victim, who used her own savings and money from her mother, had deposited the amount requested into a local bank account,” said Aidi.
Not long after that, she was then asked to deposit more money, but she refused and lodged a police report on Saturday (July 3rd) after she realised that she had been duped.
Alamak, poor girl!
Meanwhile, the Port Dickson district police headquarters’ Commercial CID Division had received four reports with losses totalling RM28,100 involving similar tactics this year.
This is terrible!
Scammers are very good at what they do, and they can be very good at convincing you that they are who they say they are!
So, please be careful with the people you meet online! Stay safe.
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat