Fresh graduate conned of almost RM139,000 in online scam

PORT DICKSON: A fresh graduate looking for a job was conned out of almost RM139,000 in an online scam here.

Port Dickson OCPD Supt Aidi Sham Mohamed said the 24-year-old came across a job advertisement on Facebook on July 22 and decided to apply for it.

"She got in touch with an individual named Nelson Pang and was told to download an application for which she was given an identification number and password,” said Supt Aidi.

"The victim was told that she would be paid a commission of 2.5% if she made initial payments for orders made by the company from e-commerce companies," he added in a statement on Friday (July 30)

Supt Aidi said the victim then used her late step-father’s Employees Provident Fund (EPF) savings to make the payments.

He added that she made 15 transactions from July 22 to July 25 and transferred the money into six different bank accounts so that she could achieve her "target order".

"Despite making the payments, the victim was still not paid her commission. In fact, she was asked to make more payments by the scammers," he said.

Supt Aidi said that the victim finally realised she had been conned and lodged a report on July 27.

He added that the case is being probed under section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides a jail term of between one and 10 years, whipping and a fine upon conviction.

Supt Aidi advised the public not to share their private details with strangers and not to be taken in by promises of high paying jobs especially those offered online.

Prior to this, two e-commerce companies had warned the public against falling for jobs such as “online purchasing agents” being offered through messaging platforms.

One company said it was appalling that anyone would prey on and scam those trying to find employment during a situation when so many people had lost their jobs and were anxious for work.

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