PORT DICKSON: A fresh graduate here looking for a job lost RM139,000 of her late stepfather’s savings in an online job scam.
The 24-year-old came across a job advertisement on Facebook recently and decided to apply, said Port Dickson OCPD Supt Aidi Sham Mohamed.
“She got in touch with an individual and was told to download an application form for which she was given an identification number and password.
“The victim was told she would be paid a 2.5% commission if she achieves her target order via e-commerce companies,” Supt Aidi Sham said.
The victim then used her late stepfather’s Employees Provident Fund (EPF) savings to make a number of purchases.
She made 15 transactions from July 22 to 25 and transferred the cash into six different bank accounts so that she could accomplish the “target order”.
“Despite achieving her target order, the victim was never paid the commission. In fact, she was asked to make more payments,” said Supt Aidi Sham.
The victim finally realised she had been conned and lodged a police report on Tuesday.
Supt Aidi Sham 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.