Online shopping can prove to be a huge boon for those who are either too busy to head to the shops in person, or would rather not want to deal with the crowds to get what they need. With that said, it’s also worth being extra careful when making your purchases online, so you don’t find yourself being duped by bad actors intent on making a quick and illicit buck.
55yo M’sian gets scammed out of RM25,500 from buying Touch’n Go cards online
Unfortunately, this was something that a 55-year-old Malaysian shopper would have to learn through experience after he had attempted to buy 4 pieces of Touch’n Go’s highly coveted NFC Enhanced cards online. As reported by local newspaper The New Straits Times, the man first came across an advertisement on Facebook for the cards last week on January 4th.
Drawn in by the considerably lower price point, he then proceeded to speak to the scammer, who impersonated an authorised representative, on making a purchase of four cards for his family.
Was sent a link where he filled up his bank details
The agent promptly directed him to make his payment by tapping on a link that was sent to him, where he provided his bank details including his username and password. While his transaction failed the first time, he would later discover to his horror that all the money in his account had been withdrawn. He sustained losses amounting to RM23,514 as a result.
At this point in time, the case is currently being investigated for cheating, with Pahang police chief Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf warning consumers not to download or tap on links provided by strangers, or willingly share out personal information on unverified websites.