SIBU: A civil servant in Miri lost RM31,100 when he was duped into buying a mini-drone costing RM550.
Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Supt Maria Rasid said in a statement on Thursday (July 29) that the victim, in his 20s, responded to an advertisement on Instagram that offered a mini-drone for RM550.
"He was asked to make several payments for the drone, which included a deposit and Customs clearance fee totalling RM31,100," she said.
The victim made 10 bank transfers from July 26 to 28 to five different bank account numbers provided by the suspect.
He was assured that the excess money would be returned to him.
"He realised that he had been cheated after attempts to contact the suspect failed," said Supt Maria.
She advised the public to exercise caution when buying things online.
"Members of the public can check the authenticity of the bank account and phone number of the seller at http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/ before making any payment so as to avoid being cheated," she said.
The public can also contact the CCID Scam Resource Centre at 03-2610 1559 or the CCID Info line at 013-211 1222 via WhatsApp or SMS for advice or to provide information relating to online crime.