Cops warn of new 'cheap flights' scam


KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman has detected an online flight ticket sale scam, which has resulted in victims losing a total of RM233,954.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said the scammers would advertise the so-called flight ticket sale on the "cafe.naver.com/mymalaysia" website.

"The website supposedly sells tickets handled by 'Syarikat Apsan Travel and Tour Sdn Bhd'.

"Victims are attracted to the website as it offers cheaper plane tickets," he said in a statement on Wednesday (May 11).

After payments are made, victims do not receive any flight tickets, he said.

"We have received 20 police reports, with losses amounting to RM233,954.

"We are investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating," he said.

Comm Mohd Kamarudin advised the public to be careful to prevent being scammed.

"Stay vigilant when making online transactions with unknown entities offering prices lower than regular market prices.

"Avoid making payment to any name other than the seller's," he said.

He also advised the public to check the bank account number or phone number of prospective sellers at http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/," he said.

Those with questions or information can contact CCID Scam Response Centre at 03-2610 1559 or 03-2610 1599.

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