Sibu engineer loses nearly RM30,000 in savings to online job scam

Scam alert. — file pic // Photo: Pixabay

KUCHING, Feb 19: An engineer in his 30s in Sibu lost savings worth RM29,314.40 after falling victim to an online job scam.

Sibu District Police Chief ACP Zulkipli Suhaili said after the victim lodged a police report, an investigation paper has been opened under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

Based on the chronology of the case, the victim saw an advertisement on the TikTok application that offered part-time work on Feb 15.

He then continued to call the number in the advertisement and inquire further about the work offered.

Interested in the job offer that promises commission payment of 15 to 20 per cent, the victim was instructed by the suspect, who introduced herself as Kathy, to perform a task which must be completed within 30 minutes. He was also included in a Telegram group.

“The suspect then instructed the victim to make a capital payment in advance into an account provided by the suspect and informed the victim that the money would be returned along with the commission after the victim completed the task.

“Between Feb 15 and 17, the victim has made three payments totalling RM29,314.40 into three bank accounts.

“After the payment was made, the victim contacted the suspect to get the repayment of capital and commission, but the suspect gave various excuses.

“Until the police report was made, the victim did not receive the commission promised and finally realised that he was cheated,” Zulkipli said in a statement yesterday (Feb 18). — DayakDaily