Offshore worker RM150 poorer after meeting online ‘friend’

Scam alert. — file pic // Photo: Pixabay

MIRI, August 6: Most people use social media messaging platforms on their mobile phones to communicate with friends and family.

While using such applications also allow people to connect with new friends as well as strangers, it has also opened the door to scams which perpetuated online.

Recently, an offshore worker in his 20’s lodged a police report after an encounter with a woman whom he met via the WeChat messaging application, which went sour over RM150.

Prior to the incident which occurred at a homestay in Centre Point 1 here on Sunday (Aug 5), the complainant met the woman around 2am.

The woman allegedly asked for RM150 from the complainant. The complainant eventually gave in to the woman’s request as he felt sorry for her.

According to sources, the complainant who is from Sabah, sympathised with the woman as she was also from the same state.

However, the complainant later had a change of heart as he felt something was not right. He demanded the woman to give him back the RM150.

However, his request was denied and he was forced to leave the scene in a hurry following the sudden appearance of an unknown man, believed to be the woman’s male friend.

The complainant fled the scene using e-hailing services and immediately lodged a police report at Miri Central police station (CPS). — DayakDaily