Beware fake Jeffrey Cheah video impersonating The Star to promote investment scheme


PETALING JAYA: Star Media Group Berhad, which publishes The Star print products and online portal, refers to a Facebook page misusing The Star’s brand identity.

It has come to the group’s attention that a Facebook page called “Malaysian Informer” uses a manipulated Star TV video of the founder and current chairman of the Sunway Group, Tan Sri Dr Jeffery Cheah, to promote a fake investment scheme on the Meta social platform.

The video, which is being shared on Facebook Reels, claims that Jeffery Cheah is the founder and current chairman of the “Sunday” Group. His voice has been manipulated so that it seems that he is promoting a government-backed investment platform that would generate passive income.

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The original video was from four years ago when the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation awarded RM80mil scholarship to 6,000 scholars.

The group wishes to clarify that the aforementioned Facebook Pages or fake site is not affiliated with The Star’s official social media platforms or web presence in any way.

Dubious advertisements claiming to offer “get-rich-quick” schemes are certainly not run by The Star’s official Facebook page.

Please do not interact with these scam Facebook pages or suspicious advertisements, nor join the programs they are promoting.

The Star – which Reuters named one of the most trusted sources of news in Malaysia – publishes on its official website thestar.com.my.

To ensure you are looking at a genuine article by The Star, always check the web page address to confirm that the URL begins with https://www.thestar.com.my/.

Should you come across fake Facebook advertisements or suspicious Facebook pages impersonating The Star or any other brands, please take the following steps.

First, please tap or click the ellipsis (...) symbol on the top right of the ad or Page, then choose the exclamation point symbol next to ‘Find support or report’.

Then, the pop-up window will state: “Find support or report Page: Help us understand what's happening.”

Here, choose the “Pretending to be something” option, then choose “A business”.

When the new pop-up window asks “Which business is this profile pretending to be?”, type in The Star or paste The Star’s official Facebook Page URL (https://www.facebook.com/TheStarOnline), select The Star from the drop down tab, and Send your report.

This will alert Meta of fraudsters impersonating The Star’s online presence on its social media platforms, and help ensure a safer online environment for all.

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