Gardener falls victim to juicy investment scam on Facebook

KUANTAN, Oct 17: A gardener has reported to the police that he was cheated of RM331,478.60 after being tricked into joining a so-called investment scheme via a social media application.

The 54-year-old man claimed that he was relieved of the money through 25 transactions he had made to 17 bank accounts between Aug 14 and Oct 3, Pahang Police chief Datuk Seri Yahaya Othman said.

He said the man claimed that he was coaxed into coming up with money just to sell goods over a TikTok application.

“He said he was introduced to the so-called investment scheme by an individual he had come to know on a Facebook account and was told that he would be given a link to track his earnings,” he said in a statement.

The man said the money was his savings from a business he had been involved in before becoming a gardener.

Yahaya said the man finally realised that he had been scammed after he was asked to pay RM130,000 in “taxes” before he could withdraw his “profits”. He then reported to the Kuantan police station yesterday.