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Police Urge Investment Scam Victims To Lodge Report

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Royal Malaysia Police have called on the victims of illegal investment scheme to come forward and lodge report to facilitate investigations and to bring action against the culprit. Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (Syndicated/Credit Card/E-Card) assistant director ACP Adlan Ahmad said most victims refused to lodge a report because of…

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Former Actor With A ‘Datuk’ Title Detained Over Housing Scam

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KUALA LUMPUR – A former actor with a ‘Datuk’ title was among three suspects detained to assist in the investigation on the fraudulent house sale involving losses of up to RM6.2 million. Director of the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (JSJK) Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the ‘Datuk’ who was detained in…

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Investors Of RCFX Forex Trading Company Cry Foul

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BUKIT MERTAJAM: Yet another ‘money game’ scam has been unveiled in the state. This time a group of investors claimed they have been cheated of RM703,000 in total after they invested in a forex trading company called RCFX since 2014. The single biggest investment was RM150,000. A spokesman for the group, who only wanted to…

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Duped Student Turns Sleuth to Expose Online Conman

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KUALA LUMPUR – After being cheated out of RM65 by an online seller, a 19-year-old student became an amateur detective and found 106 others who were also scammed by the same person. Lee (not her real name) said this individual managed to swindle a total of RM12,094 from all the victims. She also managed to…

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Couple In Hiding After RM19bil Scam

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PETALING JAYA – Reports have emerged that a couple allegedly responsible for a pyramid scheme that swindled over 400,000 people in China of 30bil yuan (RM19bil) have fled to Malaysia. Quoting various media reports in China, Nanyang Siang Pau said the couple – a 26-year-old Chinese national and her Malaysian husband – started a foreign…

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Man Arrested For Grab/Uber Promotional Scam

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A 60-year-old man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a series of promotional package scams centred on popular ride-hailing apps Grab and Uber, said police on Tuesday (28 March). In late February this year, several victims lodged police reports about cheap Grab and Uber promotional packages. They were introduced to the scheme by…

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Remand Extended For Four Suspects In Johor Land Scam

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JOHOR BARU: The remands for the son of a Johor executive councillor, his special officer and two others have been extended for another seven days until March 9 to aid in investigation into a land scandal. The extension is to assist investigation into a land scandal that purportedly reaped millions of ringgit by converting bumiputra…

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Bangladesh Family Arrested Over Fake Penis Scam

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DHAKA: A family in Bangladesh has been arrested after using a fake penis to trick villagers into believing a genie had performed a sex change on their teenage daughter, police said Wednesday. Villagers in southern Bangladesh rushed to the family’s home seeking miracle cures after hearing the genie had changed the girl’s sex and performed…

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Rock Band Estranged Scammed By Local Con Artist

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PETALING JAYA: What could have been Malaysian band Estranged’s greatest career high turned out to be its most damaging low, as a promised slot in a major London music festival turned out to be a scam by a local con artist. On Dec 4, The Star reported that the band had been offered a slot…

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Inside India’s Call Centre Scam

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MUMBAI: In late September, a woman in National City, California, received a voice message on her phone saying she was in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over “tax evasion or tax fraud”. Panicking, she rang the number and told a man who said he was from the IRS: “I can pay $500,” half…

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Singapore Jails Two Malaysians Over RM57mil Parcel Scam

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SINGAPORE: Two Malaysian men were on Wednesday given jail terms for their involvement in a parcel scam, which has seen 348 victims lose more than $19mil (RM57mil) as of end-August. Suhaimi Jaffar, 36, was jailed for 20 months, while Mohammad Afiq Ishak, 24, was jailed for 18 months. They had opened bank accounts in Singapore…

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Labuan Woman Loses RM18,000 In Facebook Scam

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LABUAN – A 33-year-old woman lost a total of RM18,000 after being lured through Facebook that she had received a gift and cash amounting to USD600,000 from abroad. It all started when the woman, a sales advisor accepted a ‘friend’ request and got to know the person purportedly named Yong Liu. On July 10 before…

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Bank Negara Warns Of Get-Rich-Quick Schemes

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EXCLUSIVE: PETALING JAYA: Illegal foreign exchange trading (forex) and gold investments are the pick of Malaysians out to make a quick buck, according to Bank Negara. These were among the investments offered by some 271 companies which under the central bank’s laws and regulations are deemed “unauthorised and unapproved”. Bank Negara’s Financial Consumer Alert information…

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Cops Nab Woman Who Cheated Travellers Of RM200,000

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police have caught a woman suspected to have used social media to cheat people to the tune of RM200,000 through failed travel packages over the past one year. The 22-year-old was remanded for three days from May 23 and then remanded again on May 26 by the Manjung Commercial Crime Investigation Division over…

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Housewife Claims Trial To 30 Counts Of Cheating Over Umrah Package

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KUALA LUMPUR: A housewife was charged in three different magistrate’s courts in Ampang here to 30 counts of cheating over an Umrah package. Rozaimenurhianti Ahmad Azmi, 31, was charged before magistrates Mohamad Izwan Mohamed Noh, Haslinda A. Raof and Mohamad Firdaus Sadina Ali. She was charged with cheating self-employed Azrina Fakhrudin of RM166,300 by inducing…

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Bukit Aman Warn Of International Phone Call Scam

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KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman has warned the public against returning “missed” calls from two international numbers. Inspector-General of Police Secretariat (Corporate Communications Head) Asst Comm Datin Asmawati Ahmad said the numbers – +265882615012 and +265882615017 – have been identified to have originated in Malawi and are classified as “Harassment Call Terror” and scam calls by…

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Melbourne Property Scam: MARA Holds Internal Audit, Assists MACC

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KUALA LUMPUR – Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) is conducting an internal audit and assisting the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)’s investigation on its subsidiary, Mara Incorporated Sdn Bhd, over allegations of a property scam in Melbourne involving its senior officers. Mara chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the audit and the MACC probe, both which had…

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Terengganu Mum Cheated Out Of iPhone 6 Sale, Receives Biscuits Instead

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We’ve had our fair share of scam stories over the years, but this one knocked all the other ones right out the ball park. A mother in Terengganu bought her son a second hand iPhone 6 through an online seller, but received packets of biscuits in the mail instead. “The seller, identifying as Hafriz from…

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Google Malaysia Denies Awarding Teen Over Translation App

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PETALING JAYA: Google Malaysia has denied awarding any money or project to a teenager who created an app for an Internet-based messaging service that can provide instantaneous language translation. Fifteen-year-old Yusrim Karim, who submitted his app – Coker Chat to Google Idea – said he received an e-mail from Google Ideas, claiming that his software…

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Beware Of Solar Photovoltaic Scams On Residential Rooftop

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KOTA KINABALU – Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (Seda Malaysia) has warned the public on the existence of solar photovoltaic (PV) scams on residential rooftop applications by certain companies. Chief Executive Officer of Seda, Catherine Ridu (pic) said as of October this year, Seda had received 77 fraudulent cases involving the PV and one of…

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