Beware! Scammers Impersonate Flood Victims To Secure Cash Aid

This is so irresponsible! 

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Help has been pouring in as Malaysians come together to help those affected by the devastating flood, however, some have been taking advantage of the situation by posing as flood victims just to secure cash aid for themselves.

Apparently, these scammers created fake addresses and information which belongs to a third party hoping to secure the bag which includes electrical appliances, furniture and even cash aid provided by non-governmental organisations (NGO) and volunteers from all over the country. 

According to NST, Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Superintendent Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said two police reports were lodged in Temerloh against individuals who provided false information to get flood aid.

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“In the first incident on December 27th, a man lodged a report claiming his house address was used by someone to seek flood aid on Facebook and an account number belonging to a third party was included to seek cash donations. The victim’s house in Mentakab was not affected by the floods.

“The second case on January 3rd, an NGO had provided food supplies, blankets, pillows and electrical equipment including cash worth RM700 to a woman who claimed to be a single mother of three. Later, checks revealed the suspect had provided a vacant house address and was not a flood victim,” he said. 

Wazir added that those caught will be investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides for a maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping, and a fine if convicted.

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat