The Malaysian police have recently caught a husband and wife duo behind a syndicate that targets and scams people into purchasing fake holiday “deals” and “packages”.
Although many were victims to the syndicate, Malaysian police were able to make the link when many victims came forward. Some of the victims even included medical frontliners.
According to the Selangor Commercial Crime Investigation Department, a total of 519 people had fallen prey to the scam just in the state of Selangor.
In The Star, Superintendent Shafa’aton Abu Bakar said that the police were on high alert when a nurse was scammed by purchasing one of the “special packages” on September 13, 2020.
The nurse saw an advert on WhatsApp via a group with her colleagues about a holiday package to Port Dickson for between RM88 and RM499 and she contacted the company.
The syndicate then offered her a place as an agent in the company and a 10% commission if she referred more customers to them.
The nurse then shared the information about the package with her colleagues and 26 of them made bookings amounting to RM7,778 to the company.
She lodged a police report when she checked with the hotel and discovered no bookings were made.
The investigation by the police revealed that the scammers received payment from customers and made up fake bookings and invoices. There were never any packages on offer.
Since then, the police has seized four mobile phones and a laptop and remanded the couple until Sept 29, 2020 to assist in the investigation/
The case is being investigated under the Malaysian Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
It also gained traction on social media where users were spreading awareness to stay away from the couple.
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