University student ends up RM5,523 poorer in online scam

  • Nation
  • Friday, 29 Nov 2019

SIBU: A university student who offered to sell a pair of branded shoes at RM180 on Shopee ended up losing all his savings of RM5,523 instead to a scammer.

Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said that the 23-year student advertised on Shopee on Wednesday (Nov 27) offering to sell the sport shoes.

"On the same day, the complainant received a text message from a woman who identified herself as Neeta from Canada, expressing her interest in buying the shoes," he said on Friday (Nov 29).

The complainant later gave his bank account number so that the woman could bank in the money for the shoes.

ACP Stanley said the woman told the complainant that she had to transfer RM400 to his account as anything less than that would be rejected by the bank.

"After transferring RM400 to his account, Neeta asked him to return the balance of RM220 to her," he said.

The complainant was then told to transfer RM550 to a local bank as "GST" payment.

"Subsequently, he was told to reveal all his account particulars as the woman said there were other accounts bearing his name," he said.

ACP Stanley said after revealing his bank particulars, all the money in his accounts were withdrawn.

The case, he said, is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

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