Negri cops warn of scam tactic via online job offers

SEREMBAN (Bernama): Negri Sembilan police have detected a new scam tactic in which syndicates use "job vacancies" posted through a well-known online shopping company.

State Commercial CID chief Supt Aibee Ab Ghani said between February and July, a total of 25 investigation papers were opened involving a total loss of RM570,000, with the highest single amount recorded at RM138,000.

He said the suspects' modus operandi was to advertise full-time or part-time job vacancies through WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook.

Interested individuals would be asked to click on links provided, which use the name and logo of an online shopping platform.

“The suspect will then communicate with the victim and give instructions for the 'work' that needs to be done, promising a profit of 5% to 10% of the capital contributed.

"Victims need to sell the items listed by first buying them according to the prescribed number of units, and are told the payment will be refunded along with the commission for each sale made," he said in a statement on Monday (Aug 2).

He said the victim would then be instructed to deposit money into an individual or private business account given by the suspect.

Usually, the victim will be able to recover the capital and make a profit at the initial stage but when he starts depositing large amounts of money, his phone number will be blocked and he will not be able to contact the suspect again, Supt Aibee explained.

He said the latest case on Sunday (Aug 1) involved a 33-year-old woman who said she lost RM10,049 after being duped by a part-time job offer to promote goods from an online shopping platform on Facebook.

"Members of the public can check the suspected telephone number or bank account provided on the Royal Malaysia Police website, Semak Mule," he said. – Bernama

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