Court fines woman for online scam

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SIBU: A 25-year-old woman was fined RM500, in default seven days’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court today for possession of more than RM23,000 which was unlawfully obtained.

Magistrate Mohd Syukri Mokhtar handed the sentence after Julien Anggit from Serian pleaded guilty.

She was found in possession of RM23,663.28 which was unlawfully obtained at a house in Jalan Getah about 2pm on Sept 16 last year.

Prosecuting officer Insp Badrul Iskandar said on Sept 13, 2021 at approximately 2.39pm at a house in Jalan Getah, a man aged 37 had met a woman through Facebook and had proposed an online business that could earn him a commission of five percent of the capital.

On Sept 15, 2021, at about 9pm, the man received a WhatsApp message asking whether he was interested to take it up.

If he was interested, he was told to contact the customer service at Shopee at the given numbers.

A day later at about 2pm, he contacted Shopee’s customer service regarding the promotion of individual sales on the Shopee profile application called 7q410loz3n6n.

He then made five transactions to a bank account in the name of Julien for the payment of Gucci brand handbags.

After the transactions were done, he did not receive any news about the returns along with the commission.

When making an enquiry about the matter, he was told that if he wanted all the money that he had banked into the account, he would have to deposit more money into the same account.

Upon hearing it, he felt that he had been deceived and lodged a police report for action and investigation. He estimated his losses at RM23,663.28.

The bank concerned identified Julien to be the account holder and that the man had deposited RM23,663.28 into her account.

Julien who was unrepresented, paid the fine.

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