MIRI, Mar 6: A manager of a private company here was scammed RM200,635 after falling victim to an online part-time job and investment fraud.
According to Miri district police chief ACP Alexson Naga Chabu, the 52-year-old woman made 18 transactions to 13 bank accounts in the names of different individuals from Feb 28 until Mar 4 this year.
“The police have received a report of the incident from the victim on Mar 4,” he stated in a media statement today.
He said the victim had received a message through the WhatApps application from someone offering part-time work.
“The victim was instructed to perform some simple tasks such as pressing the ‘subscribe’ button and she would be paid for each task performed,” Alexson said.
The victim was then offered another task. It was an investment task and she would be awarded for doing so.
“The victim was asked to choose an investment task through the options given and was later instructed to make a payment for the investment.”
The victim only realized that it was a scam when instead of receiving her return for investment after pressing the ‘reward’ button, she was instructed to make ‘tax payment’ for the withdrawal. — DayakDaily