fbpx
Connect with us

Social Stories

M’sian Couple Scammed Frontliners Into Buying Fake Luxury Vacation Packages, Earned Over RM500,000

Published

Page 64
Source: Berita Harian Online & || For illustration purposes only || Make My Trip

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

A husband and wife duo were arrested after they were caught running an ongoing luxury vacation package scam that has robbed a total of 514 members of the public of more than RM500,000.

Screenshot 235

The couple, aged 26 and 27 respectively, were detained at a homestay in Ampang last Thursday (24 September) once authorities received information of their whereabouts. They are being held under investigation for reportedly scamming the public and particularly, frontliners, by offering them discounted vacation packages under the guise of appreciating them for their efforts in fighting Covid-19, said a report from Harian Metro.

According to Muhammad Yazid Muhammad Yew, the Selangor Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief, authorities have received 69 reports of such scams taking place in the state. “The highest number of reports received were from Sungai Buloh where 30 reports were launched involving 63 victims, amounting to a total loss of RM26,193,” said the Department chief in a statement recorded by Berita Harian.

The suspects have been running these scam packages since September last year under the company name, I&I Paradise Venture, where most of the victims are frontliners. Their latest victim was a nurse who worked in a government hospital and was offered the package by an agent on 13 September.

Screenshot 236

“The victim read the offer through a WhatsApp group about accommodation promotions including breakfast at a famous hotel in Port Dickson which had a package price of RM88 to RM499 a night. She contacted the company’s representative who convinced her to become an agent by offering a 10% commission so she could distribute the package to her colleagues too,” said Sungai Buloh Police Chief, Supt Shafa’aton Abu Bakar, as recorded by Harian Metro.

26 of the victim’s colleagues made bookings to apply for the package deal with her and RM7,778 was paid to the bank account operated by the scammers. By the time she realised it was all a scam, it was too late. She told authorities that she tried to personally check with the hotel to see if her bookings were made but there were no reservations recorded by the company. The other victims had to find out the hard way after arriving at the hotel and being told that their booking ID numbers were fake.

Tipu Bercuti Murah Lexis Hibiscus

For illustration purposes only.

Unfortunately, these scammers seemed to know exactly when to strike. About 40 police reports were made in August this year when the duo managed to bank in on scam packages offered on Merdeka.

According to the police chief, the suspects were arrested along with their four handphones and two laptops to help the investigation process. Neither of the suspects has ever applied or registered for a licence to operate their business, nor were they appointed as agents by the promoted hotels.

Hopefully, the authorities will deal with them accordingly. Stay safe and be careful, guys! 

 

Also read: Malaysians Beware: Scammers Are Now Using Parcel Tracking Links To Cheat You

Pjimage 2020 09 25T111944.802

Source: Harian Metro
Source: Instagram
Source: Buzzkini


Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

Just In

Collage 10 2 Collage 10 2
News1 hour ago

Policeman Uses Mobile Phone While Driving on Federal Highway, PDRM Calls Him in & Issues a Summon

It’s not only illegal to be on the phone with your hands on the wheel but it also endangers other...

My Post 42 My Post 42
News3 hours ago

Prices of Necessities May Increase by up to 60% Next Month

There have been a lot of factors that have led to an increase in the prices of goods. The prices...

Collage Final 1 2 Collage Final 1 2
News20 hours ago

Malaysia Ranked 8th Most Dangerous Country to Drive in With Road Traffic Death Rate of 22.5

We all know how dangerous driving in Malaysia can be but how do we rank out of the other countries...

Collage 6 2 Collage 6 2
News22 hours ago

Pieces of Stone Statue Fall From Gopuram of Ipoh Temple, Kills A Woman & Injures 2 Others

A woman in Ipoh met her tragic & unfortunate death yesterday (15 May) during a ritual ceremony in a temple....

Collage 31 Collage 31
News23 hours ago

M’sian Family Shocked to Find That Their New House in Ipoh Had Collapsed Due to Landslide

A local family of five was recently shocked to find that a section of their new home in Taman Sri Perkasa...

Ft Ip Ft Ip
News1 day ago

PDRM has Thousands of IP Addresses Linked to Child Porn But Lack Manpower to Act on Them

It’s a scary world out there as cases of sexual crimes as well as child porn have unfortunately increased. Recently,...

Feat Image Abang Johari Norway Wealth Fund Feat Image Abang Johari Norway Wealth Fund
News3 days ago

Sarawak To Establish Its Own Sovereign Wealth Fund, Hopes To Replicate Norway’s Success

Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has announced that the territory is currently in serious talks with Norway...

Feat Image Mavcom Statement Feat Image Mavcom Statement
News3 days ago

MAVCOM: Airlines MUST Resolve Consumer Complaints & Provide Reimbursements Within 30 Days

The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has stressed that the Malaysian Aviation Consumer Protection Code (MACPC) requires airlines to resolve consumer...

Announcement

Latest Videos



TRENDING TODAY