PETALING JAYA: Several websites and Facebook pages have popped up, purportedly showing or promoting news from The Star Online. These are fake sites and pages.
These articles and links even bear The Star trademarked logos and homepage design. The links prompt you to a different website and register for a certain product as well.
However, the font and style of writing do not resemble The Star Online's website, and we advise our readers to be careful and note the URL.
In one recent latest scam, a Facebook page features a fake story purportedly from The Star Online claiming to be selling the iPhone X for only RM5 to Malaysians.
The article claims that its “reporter” Hanson Chua got a free upgrade from an older iPhone to an iPhone X for only RM5 after recommendations from his friends.
The article added that only Malaysians above 21 years, who possess a valid email and are willing to pay RM5 for shipping, will receive the new iPhone.
The same webpage also contains other Facebook user testimonies about “how excited” they are “after getting the cheap iPhone X”.
However, upon clicking the claim button or the profiles of those who give their testimonies, readers will be brought to another dodgy website.
Several readers have come forward to The Star Online, after noticing this “too good to be true” claim appearing on their Facebook.
A quick check by The Star Online found that the Facebook page of this imposter website was set up in June this year, with fewer than 500 followers.
A search also discovered that the website was established less than six months ago.
The website does not have any links to The Star Online. The Star does not own or endorses these fake websites. We are currently pursuing legal action.
For updates and news, click The Star Online on its website (www.thestar.com.my) and official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TheStarOnline).