Woman taken for a ride by ‘friendly’ ride-sharing driver

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 05 Jun 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: A woman, who befriended a ride-sharing driver on WeChat, is now RM25,000 poorer after she left her belongings in his car.

“We became friends in January and would chat every now and then,” said travel consultant Melanie Phang, 27.

On May 26, she asked him to pick her up from the airport upon her return from a business trip.

He fetched her at 11.45pm, took her for supper and even refused the fare for the ride, she said.

“He insisted on buying me food even after I refused his offer,” she said.

When she got home at about 2am, Phang said she realised that she had left her bag in his car.

Among others, the bag contained US$5,000, which was her company’s cash advance, two credit cards, a passport, an iPhone 6 and headphones.

When she contacted him, the driver told her that he would return the bag to her the next morning.

But there has been no news from him, Phang said, adding

that two transactions totalling RM9,093.40 had been made on her credit cards instead.

“I went to his home in Batang Kali, hoping to retrieve my bag but only his mother was home. She said she was unable to contact him too,” said Phang, adding that the driver had blocked her on WeChat.

Phang claimed that another man contacted her on WeChat on June 3, asking for RM1,000 if she wanted her passport back.

According to the man, he found her passport in Petaling Street with her WeChat ID attached. He even sent her photos as proof.

Phang, who relayed her plight to MCA Public Services and Complaints Depart­ment head Datuk Seri Michael Chong, had lodged a report at the Kepong police station.

“There have been similar cases. I hope that everyone will be careful.”

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


Next In Nation

Zoo Negara has enough funds for the next half year but must prepare contingency plan, says Natural Resources Minister
Two high school friends from Ranau reunite at Universiti Teknologi Petronas after six years apart
Transport Ministry committed to helping the disabled, says Dr Wee
Floods: Number of evacuees in Terengganu rises, situation improves in Perak and Kelantan
Transport Ministry ready to help army veterans, says Dr Wee
Appeal by 33 people including Sabah CM over dissolution of state assembly withdrawn
Hamzah: Firms can hire foreign workers if they finance deportation of those held at immigration depots
No mining of non-radioactive rare earth elements until SOPs are followed, says Natural Resources Minister
Ismail Sabri: Action taken against 482 people over MCO violations on Wednesday (Dec 2)
Covid-19: Four new clusters detected with three in Sabah and one in Selangor

Stories You'll Enjoy