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PETALING JAYA: Scammers are taking advantage of the public’s fear of the Covid-19 outbreak and anxiety over the movement control order (MCO) to make despicable pitches.
Fraud cases tracked by the platform soared 47% year on year to 3,243 from Jan 24 to March 13, when the outbreak wreaked havoc on China. The biggest group of victims were young online game players, who reported 550 cases.
Company loses handling fee when duped by email scam during US$300mil purchase of private aircraft. Fraudsters hacked into emails of intended recipient for the commission before setting up account with similar address.
KUALA LUMPUR: The worsening Covid-19 outbreak has led to unscrupulous individuals taking advantage of the situation, including the case of a local man who conned a Chinese national into giving him almost RM600,000 for face masks.
KUALA LUMPUR: A woman was scammed into giving RM600,000 and her passport to a conman who took advantage of the Covid-19 outbreak to "sell" face masks.
Hong Kong police intercept more than US$384mil swindled from victims of Internet and phone scams around world
Some money was frozen elsewhere in Asia and in Europe when anti-fraud squad sought help from overseas authorities through Interpol, source says. Insider warns the chance of recovering defrauded money depends on whether victims quickly realise they have been scammed.
Social media users’ claims that bullied Australian boy Quaden Bayles, 9, faked his age have since been debunked
Some social media users have claimed that nine-year-old Quaden Bayles, who received widespread support and encouragement after his mother Yarakka posted a video of him crying for being bullied in school last week, is actually an 18-year-old actor. The claims have since been debunked by multiple news sources.
Hundreds of dog lovers are scammed every year by sophisticated websites that advertise puppies for sale.