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Sunday, February 5, 2023

M’sian losses RM1,700 to iPhone buyer who scammed him with counterfeit notes

Social NewsM'sian losses RM1,700 to iPhone buyer who scammed him with counterfeit notes

While we hear dozens of online banking scams in recent years, let’s not forget that scams are possible in cash transactions too.

Recently, a food delivery rider’s dream of starting his own business with the money he got from selling his iPhone shattered after he fell victim to a counterfeit note scam.

Taking it to Facebook, the victim Asyraff Akra shared how he was duped by a female buyer who had bought his iPhone. He explained that the transaction was made in person and he handed his phone over in exchange for the agreed amount, which was paid to him in cash.

https://www.facebook.com/asyraff.akrapovic/posts/2058831130970452

However, he only discovered that the stack of money he received was fake when he deposited the money in the cash deposit machine, and it refused to accept the bank notes.

“I was tested by God today.. sold my phone as I wanted to start my own business, but I got cheated instead. The RM100 notes are all fake. Only the RM50 notes are real.” Asyraff said.

Meanwhile, he also included a photo of the money, which shows that he was paid with a stack of fake RM100 notes, and three pieces of genuine RM50 notes.

In the comment section, Asyraff said he received a total of 17 pieces of fake RM100 notes and thus, his loss amounts to RM1,700. He then revealed that the deal took place outside a Billion supermarket located in Bandar Teknologi Kajang.

Source: Ask Legal

Asyraff said he later tried reaching out to the scammer’s WhatsApp but was disappointed to find out that she had blocked him.

Asyraff also said he did not take a photo of the buyer’s face as he did not think something like this would have happened. In addition, he had never experienced being scammed throughout his time conducting business.

Following the incident, Asyraff said he decided to lodge a police report over the matter. He also hope that his unfortunate experience would raise awareness of counterfeit notes.

https://www.facebook.com/polisdaerahkajang/posts/458696462961156

Meanwhile, Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zaid Hassan confirmed that the police have received the victim’s report of receiving counterfeit notes for a handphone he sold online.

“The victim met the suspect – a local woman – at the Billion shopping centre in Bandar Teknologi Kajang. The suspect paid RM1,950 in 17 RM100 notes and five RM50 notes.,” he said in a statement.

He also said the suspect was seen going around in a brown Kia Cerato at the time of the alleged crime.

“The public are advised to be aware of such cheating. Be careful and do not rush into sales that involve payments in cash or Cash On Delivery (COD). Also identify the individuals involved in the sales to avoid being victims of cheating,” he said.

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