PETALING JAYA: The Human Resources Ministry has denied that the Peninsular Malaysia Manpower Department, which falls under its purview, is distributing a sum of RM8, 500 to those who have worked between 1990 to 2019.
It was responding to a bogus website impersonating the Peninsular Malaysia Manpower Department, which has gone viral on social media.
"The Human Resources Ministry informs that the Peninsular Malaysia Manpower Department has nothing to do with the offer of RM8, 500.
"The Department has never advertised that matter in the main website and the irresponsible activity has caused confusion to users, as well as tarnishing the image of the Department, " it said in a statement on Aug 5.
The Ministry also advised the public to not easily believe unverified information by the Ministry or the Department.
The Ministry also urged victims who suffered losses as a result of the bogus website to lodge a police report immediately.
Checks by The Star found that the URL was not the official Peninsular Malaysia Manpower Department website.
The "menu", "home", and "search" button couldn't be clicked, as it is only a screen capture of the Peninsular Malaysia Manpower Department website.
The website also contained bogus comments from fake Facebook profiles, urging the public to share the link of the website to receive the RM8, 500.
Similar websites have also been found in South Africa and Singapore, promising cash rewards for sharing the website's link.
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