Contractor duped by FB ad on sale of cheap 4WD

KUANTAN (Bernama): A contractor’s hope of owning a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle that he had paid more than RM14,000 for was dashed when he failed to get delivery of the Ford Ranger, which was advertised for sale on Facebook at a cheap price.

Pahang Commercial Criminal Investigation Department head Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the contractor, aged 53, claimed he had paid RM14,412 for the vehicle, which was advertised for sale on Facebook on Oct 3 for RM36,000.

"The victim claimed he contacted a man through WhatsApp using a telephone number given on Facebook on Oct 5 and was asked to pay a deposit of RM2,500 as well send copies of his personal documents and bank statement.

"The victim claimed the man contacted him again to ask for another payment of RM11,912, including as advance payment, road tax and insurance, as well as for transfer of ownership, which the victim claimed he transferred the money for the amount on Oct 6 and 7, ” he told reporters here Tuesday (Oct 20).

Supt Wazir said the victim was also told that the vehicle would be sent using a tow truck to his house in Pekan and was given the telephone number of the tow truck driver.

However, he said, the victim claimed the tow truck driver did not deliver the vehicle as promised and feeling that he had been duped, the victim lodged a report at the Pekan district police headquarters on Monday (Oct 19). – Bernama

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