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SIBU, Aug 31: A bank clerk suffered a loss of RM27,620 after falling victim to a fake online job offer.
Sibu District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner (ACP) Zulkipli Suhaili said the victim, in his 40s, was interested in a side job offer after receiving a short message via WhatsApp from an unknown number.
“The job offered was very simple, which is to take pictures of the goods advertised on the website and he was asked to make payment to the account given by the suspect,” he said in a statement today.
He said, the victim was promised he would be paid a 10 per cent commission along with the payment money as promised for every successful assignment.
“The victim who was excited about the profit and commission earned from the first two assignments made an additional payment of six transactions to a separate account amounting to RM27,620,” he said.
However, the victim did not receive any commission as promised even though the task was completed.
Zulkipli said that the victim only realised he had been cheated after not receiving the promised financial reimbursement and commission.
The victim then lodged a police report at Sungai Merah Police Station yesterday.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
Accordingly, Zulkipli advised the public to be more aware of the modus operandi of syndicates making fake job offers.
The public may get advice or more information by contacting CCID Scam Response Centre at 03-26101559/ 03-26101599, or download the check mule application at https://semakmule.rmp.gov.my and follow the Facebook pages @CyberVrimeAlertRMP and @JSJKPDRM. — DayakDaily