Salesman loses over RM50k to investment scam

SIBU: A salesman here has fallen victim to an online investment scam, becoming poorer by RM54,800.

Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Supt Maria Rasid said the victim, in his late 40s and working in a private company here, was attracted to investment opportunities offered by the Happybuy page on Facebook.

The victim had messaged the site, and he received a message via WhatsApp later from this number 011-28485246, sent by someone identifying himself as Jason, on Aug 26.

Jason had offered the victim an opportunity to invest in the Happybuy app.

“The victim then received a link to a website containing an online shopping account and then he proceeded to download the app.

“He was promised a return of 10 per cent of the profit from the amount invested and the victim made 26 fund transfers amounting to RM54,800 to three bank accounts under the name of different companies between Aug 28 and Oct 1,” she said on Wednesday (Oct 13).

Supt Maria said the victim realised he was cheated after not receiving any returns from the investment.

“The victim was also unable to withdraw his money from the Happybuy account.”

Supt Maria reminded the public to always be vigilant when dealing with investment opportunities offered on social media platforms.

The public can refer to the investor reminder list before making an investment through https://www.sc.com.my/investoralert.

They can also contact the CCID Scam Response Centre at 03-2610 1559 and 03-2610 1599 or the Commercial Crime Investigation Department at 013-211 1222 (WhatsApp / SMS) for advice or information on online crime cases.