Woman Loses RM10k After Downloading App To Watch Pirated Content

A Malaysian doctor recently shared her experience of being scammed out of RM13,000 from her CIMB account, all without receiving any OTP.

There has also been a rise in people receiving messages posing as government departments, agencies and financial institutions. Besides cyber-crimes, the police also reported that there are 168 Malaysians stranded overseas, having fallen victim to overseas job scams syndicates while a senior citizen has lost RM1.34 million in Macau Scam.

woman loses rm10k after downloading app to watch pirated contentPhoto via Twitter (@ariffshah)

Recently, Facebook user Aisyah shared her and her husband’s experience being scammed out of a total of RM10,000. Scammers are becoming more creative and getting victims to download APK files using a fake mobile app.

According to Astro Ulagam, it started when Aisyah was looking for an IPTV app on Facebook and came across a ‘premium 5G TV’ profile offering pirated content, which now no longer exists, probably due to someone having reported it. 

She then started chatting with the seller to try out the app.

They then sent Aisyah the app through WhatsApp for her to download and sign up. She first tried it on her iPhone but was unable to open it. The seller then advised her to open it using an Android phone. Hm, very fishy!

Aisyah then followed the seller’s instructions and sent the app to her husband’s phone. After signing up, they tried to make payment using their Maybank2u account and password.

At first, they tried using Aisyah’s username and password but were unsuccessful and then later tried using her husband’s account, but was again unsuccessful and they eventually gave up on the transaction. 

The next day, Aisyah attempted to make an online transfer when she discovered that funds from her account had vanished. She called her husband right away to ask about the two transactions which totaled RM5,000.

She then called her bank for clarification as to why she did not receive any messages asking for the Transaction Authorization Code (TAC) before transfers were made. The bank explained what could have happened, which she then realized she had been scammed after downloading the app. 

Alamak! So dangerous. Guys, please make sure you are aware about frauds and take the time to read up about security awareness. 

You can never be too careful!

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat