Social media influencer loses over RM16,000 in online job scam

SIBU: A 28-year-old social media influencer lost RM16,799 after falling victim to an online job offer scam via Facebook.

The local woman, who lodged a police report at 10.40am on Monday (March 13), said she saw a job advertisement for a ‘live host’ that offered a handsome commission of RM1,000 if she performed the job for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Enticed, the victim then contacted a Facebook account holder about the job offer.

"The complainant was then instructed to register and provide her particulars and pay RM1 as registration fee,” Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Zulkipli Suhaili said in a statement Tuesday (March 14).

ACP Zulkipli, who did not disclose when the incident happened, said the victim then provided her banking details and password to pay for the registration fee via an application provided.

"But she received a message from the app, stating that her payment was unsuccessful.

"The victim then received a bank notification that there had been a fund transfer from her account," he said.

Realising that she had been scammed, ACP Zulkipli said the victim lodged a police report.

He urged the public not to be deceived by advertisements on social media that offer lucrative returns.

For job offers, the people should first check the background of the company or agency involved at the nearest police station or on the website, CCID Infoline at 013-2111 222, CCID Response Centre at 03-2610 1559, and the National Scam Response Centre at 997. - Bernama

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