Eager Mercedes buyer flies to Penang, fleeced of RM18k

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SIBU, Jan 15: A 50-year-old man found himself RM17,998.99 poorer after being duped by scammers.

Sibu District Police Chief ACP Zulkipli Suhaili said today that the victim lodged a report with the Commercial Crime Investigation Division, claiming to have been cheated by a so-called used car syndicate in Penang.

“On January 12, the victim was attracted to an advertisement offering for sale a used Mercedes car at just RM33,000 on a social media. After that, he made a deal through the WhatsApp application to buy it,” he said.

The victim made online payments amounting to RM17,998.99 in three transactions to a local bank account supposedly as an advance payment, Puspakom payment and car management fee.

Then on January 13, the victim flew to Penang to finalise the purchase of the car, but instead found that his phone number had been blocked by the seller.

“The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating,” Zulkipli said. — DayakDaily