No more ‘scammer’ jokes, pleads hacking victim

THE leader of nasyid group Rabbani, Azadan Abdul Aziz, 51, made a plea to the public to understand his situation after he became a hacking victim, asking them not to make fun of him, Harian Metro reported.

He said that during a recent movie screening, people who knew him called him a “scammer,” causing him embarrassment and stress.

“I know they were joking but it still affected me. I was shocked when I entered the cinema and they booed me, calling me a ‘scammer’.

“A friend explained that my WhatsApp had been hacked.

“However, I still felt ashamed and stressed by what happened. Even my family asked me not to go out. Therefore, please do not take this matter lightly.

“I feel pressured because I represent many names, including the seven members of Rabbani, the Rabbani family, my business partners and many more,” he said.

Azadan also requested that media outlets reporting on this issue avoid sensational headlines that might mislead readers.

“My WhatsApp number has been changed.

“I have to recall the dates of performances stored in the old number. Nearly 10 people have already sent money, including a friend in Australia.

“I used that WhatsApp number for management, performances, and other purposes.

“I worry about VIP contacts, organisers and others who might not see my explanation on Facebook,” he added.

Azadan’s WhatsApp was hacked on June 8.

However, he only realised it the next day after receiving numerous calls from friends who received messages from the hacker impersonating him asking to borrow money.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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