MALAYSIA: Another Internet scam was reported to Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) which caused a Mauritius businessman lost US$11,050 (about RM33,000).
The victim said that he was attracted by a website operated by a Malaysian trading company operated in Sibu, Sarawak which is promoting premium cooking oil that is famous in his country with attractive pricing. He decided to purchase the product from the company and then felt suspicious when he hasn’t received any products after few payments made to the company.
As reported by the victim, he was cheated by a person known as ‘Zulkamain’ from the said company which was non-existent and the company address given was fictitious too.
MDTCC advises all the prospective buyers to do due diligent on the company who they want to buy from before any payment made. “They should take into consideration things such as warranty and not be taken in by rock bottom prices,” MDTCC’s Sibu branch chief Balraj Singh said.
According to Balraj, they have uncovered two Internet scams using fictitious websites and fake business addresses early of this year and they believe it is operated by a foreign syndicate. The two happened cases also exhibited a similar modus operandi where both complainants were asked to bank in money into a local bank account holder, but the culprit absconded with the money.
by Terry Brown