KUALA LUMPUR: Having been travelling by bus to get around, all Arvin Veerasegaran wanted was a motorcycle so he could go to work and class.
The 19-year-old from Puchong has been working part-time at a hotel while studying to repeat several papers for his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).
"I began working three months ago and have been saving all my hard earn money for a motorcycle. When I saw an advertisement posting on mudah.my two weeks ago, I felt persuaded to get a bike," he said.
The ad was for a second-hand Yamaha LC135, which is worth about RM4,000, for RM3,000.
Arvin contacted the seller and arranged for payment, and was told to bank in the full payment of RM3,000 to the seller's account.
"The seller even messaged me a copy of his MyKad to convince me," said Arvin, adding that the seller then messaged him an invoice file bearing the name and address of a motorcycle shop in Bandar Baru Sri Damansara.
"He told me go to the shop the next day to pick up the motorcycle I had paid for," Arvin said, adding that he only found out he was cheated when the shop owner told him he was the second person who had fallen prey to the same scam.
Seng Peah Chin, who runs her KS Wong Motor shop dealing in spare parts and repair, said she first lodged a report on Aug 4 last year after realising her shop's name and address were being misused by scammers.
"Then on April 19, I was shocked when a man came with an invoice, purportedly issued by my company to claim a motorcycle that he had paid for.
"Even today, a man came to my shop in the morning with an invoice and proof of payment to collect a Yamaha NVX.
"I can only explain to them that they have been cheated and that my shop's name has been misused," said Seng.
She said that so far, four people have gone to her shop while over 20 called up to claim their motorcycles.
Revealing her ordeal during a press conference at Wisma MCA on Tuesday (April 30), Seng said she has lodged three police reports.
"There were times when I came across several motorcycles selling ads on mudah.my bearing my shop name. But they were removed after I alerted mudah.my about it.
"I cannot keep checking the website. The incident has cost me my business.
"I hope the authorities will get to the scammers soon," she said.
MCA Public Services and Complaints Bureau chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong said he believed that many people have fallen prey to the new scam tactic, which managed to convince buyers with fake identities and fake MyKad numbers.
"We found out that the bank accounts that the victims paid to actually belonged to fake identities, confirmed by the National Registration Department.
"How could this happen? I urge the Commercial Crimes Investigation Department to investigate thoroughly," he said.
The victims, said Chong, are cheated when they make payments to buy used motorcycles after responding to online ad postings.
"With the latest case happened just this morning involving the same company, over 20 people have been cheated of between RM500 and RM3,000," he said.
Chong also called on consumers to be alert, because when something is "too good to be true, it usually is"
The bureau's legal adviser, James Ee, said that ads postings online should be verified before they were put up for consumers to see.
He also said the bureau would like to meet with the operator of mudah.my to discuss how to minimise scams involving online trading.