GEORGE TOWN: Police have arrested three suspects, including a postman, concerning a donation scam on social media.
Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Shafee Samad said the postman, 22, had fabricated a story and asked the admins of a Facebook page to upload it on the page.
He said they also detained a 23-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman who were the Facebook page admins, adding that the suspect had received RM5,000 in public donation so far.
“The postman had asked the page admins to upload his picture with a caption that says he is not getting any bonus from his employer.“The page admins would then give out the postman’s bank account number to those who sympathise with him, ” he said, adding that the suspect had already spent a portion of the donation on personal things.
ACP Shafee said many sympathisers wanted to help the postman after the Facebook post went viral.
He said the suspect denied having knowledge about the post when he was queried by the human resources department of Pos Malaysia.
“The suspect then lodged a police report on the pretext of defending himself and to avoid being punished by his employer, ” he said.
“Acting on the police report, we detained him at the Central Seberang Prai police headquarters in Bandar Perda as he was making conflicting statements about the viral post.
“The suspect tried to mislead the police by saying that the person in the viral post was one ‘Amirul Megat’ and not him.
“He, however, could not tell who is ‘Amirul Megat’ and failed to give a consistent explanation to back his claims, ” he added.
ACP Shafee said investigations showed that the other male suspect had uploaded the picture on Facebook with the intention to gain public sympathy.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and voluntarily obstructing a police officer from discharging his public duties under Section 186 of the Penal Code.
Meanwhile, Pos Malaysia, in a statement, praised the police for their swift action in bringing the scammer to justice and putting a stop to any further exploitation of the kindness of Malaysians.
It also advised the public to be cautious of such schemes and avoid social media posts which were defamatory.
“Pos Malaysia is committed to the welfare of its employees. Despite facing challenges during this pandemic, Pos Malaysia continues to protect the livelihood of its over 15,000 frontliners and operational support employees and ensure their needs are prioritised.
“We seek continued public support and understanding during this time, ” the statement said.