RM109,540 gone into thin air in online scam promising high returns

KUANTAN, May 6: A female clerk lost RM109,540 to an online investment scam in March, Pahang police chief Datuk Seri Yahaya Othman said.

The 37-year-old single mother had been enticed to join an investment scheme offering high returns on Instagram and ended up using her savings and loans from her friends and family, making 41 transactions to different bank accounts.

“The victim then realised she had been deceived after the suspect kept on requesting various additional payments for the investment before she could withdraw her profits,” he said in a statement today.

The victim then lodged a police report at the Kuantan district police headquarters yesterday, he said, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for fraud.

Yahaya also advised the public to remain vigilant against online investment scams and to check account numbers and telephone numbers they receive at https://semakmule.rmp. gov.my before making any online transactions.