A 55-year-old man who wanted to buy a set of Enhanced Touch n’ Go (TnG) cards for RM32 ended up losing RM23,514 to a scammer.
According to New Straits Times, Pahang police chief Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the incident took place last Wednesday (4 January) when the victim saw an advertisement on Facebook offering the enhanced TnG cards at a bargain price.
He shared that the seller who claimed to be an ‘authorised agent’ to sell the enhanced Touch n’ Go cards gave the victim a link to continue with the purchase.
“The victim was interested in the family package offer where he could buy four units of TnG NFC cards for RM32.”
“He clicked on a link provided by the agent to buy the cards through WhatsApp,” Ramli said.
He revealed that the victim later provided his bank account details, including username and password, to complete the payment procedure but the ‘transaction’ did not go through.
“Sometime later, he realised his bank account was empty,” Ramli said, adding that the case is being investigated for cheating.
Ramli then urged the public to avoid downloading unverified applications or links shared by strangers, or provide banking details to unknown third parties.
What to do if you realised that you’ve been scammed
Earlier, Digital Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil said scam victims need not be scare or ashamed, and report the scam incidents immediately to the National Scam Response Centre (NSRC) by dialling 997.
According to SoyaCincau, Fahmi said there is a chance for victims to recover some of the money that was pilfered or stolen if the victims call NSRC within 24 hours.
“Out of the RM12 million amount that was scammed, about RM1.3-1.4 million was managed to be saved by the NSRC, which is still a significant number,” he was quoted as saying.