Uni student loses RM15,000 after falling for online part-time job scam

Scam alert. — DayakDaily.com file pic // Photo: Pixabay

SIBU, Aug 24: An online part-time job offer turned out to be more than he bargained for when a university student realised that he had been cheated of RM15,000.

Sibu District Police Chief, ACP Zulkipli Suhaili said the 21-year-old victim was deceived by a syndicate offering part-time jobs on social media that did not exist.

“The victim was interested in a job advertised on Instagram. He then dealt with a female suspect over the phone who asked him to purchase items such as watches and air conditioners online from an ‘agent’ and resell them to earn a 0.6 per cent commission,” he said.

Following that, he made payments through seven transactions to three bank accounts involving a total amount of RM15,612.

However, the suspect still asked the victim to make additional purchases and payments even though he had already spent a large amount of capital before that.

“The victim began to realise that he had been cheated and he had also not received the commission as promised,” said Zulkipli.

He filed a police report yesterday.

Accordingly, he advised the public to be more careful and not fall for any job offers online that promises a lucrative return or commission that may sound too good to be true.

He said the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the penal code for cheating. — DayakDaily