Kuantan woman loses RM4,247 to 'gold dealer' on Facebook

KUANTAN (Bernama): A woman’s dream to get dolled up in new jewellery failed to materialise after she was cheated by a gold dealer on Facebook in February.

Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the 30-year-old victim claimed she paid RM4,247 after dealing with a female suspect, who was believed to handle the social account.

"The victim claimed she wanted to buy two gold bracelets, a necklace with a pendant and a gold ring. She was told to make complete payment for all the items into a bank account given by the suspect on Feb 12.

"The suspect claimed that she would send the jewellery to the victim as soon as she receives it from the store, but until now, the victim claims the goods have not reached her,” he told reporters here Monday (May 27).

Mohd Wazir said the victim felt cheated and lodged a police report at the Kuantan district police headquarters (IPD) Sunday (May 26)  and investigations are being conducted under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years, whipping and fine upon conviction.

In a separate case, a male student lost RM4,050 after being cheated by an offer for an iPhone X smartphone through Instagram, which was advertised at only RM1,850.

Mohd Wazir said the 21-year-old victim claimed to have made the payment of the alleged selling price of the phone at 6.55pm on Sunday, before contacting the suspect once again about two hours later.

"The suspect asked the victim to pay RM2,200, which was said to activate the identification (ID) application of the phone and claimed that it will be returned within 10 minutes of its activation,” he said.

The victim, however, was suspicious after the suspect once again contacted him asking for a further payment on the grounds that the phone ID failed to be activated at the first attempt, prompting him to lodge a police report at Kuantan IPD Sunday. - Bernama

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