Online scams can be very dangerous because they often involve the theft of sensitive personal information, such as bank account numbers, credit card details, and login credentials. This information can be used to steal money or identity, and can have serious consequences for the victim.
In addition to financial losses, victims of online scams may also experience emotional distress and may even become isolated or ostracized by friends and family as a result of the scam. It is important to be cautious and aware when using the internet in order to protect yourself from online scams and the dangers they pose.
The New Straits Times reports that a 55 years old man from Jerantut, who wanted to purchase a set of four Enhanced Touch ‘n Go cards for RM32, was scammed out of RM23,514 when he saw an advertisement for the cards on Facebook.
Pahang police chief, Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the seller, who was impersonating an authorised agent, requested the man’s bank account information through WhatsApp in order to complete the transaction. The victim clicked on a link provided by the scammer to buy the cards.
The man keyed in his bank account details, including username and password, but the transaction failed to go through. He later discovered that his bank account was empty.
The Pahang police are investigating the incident as a case of cheating and have advised the public not to provide their banking details to unknown parties or download unverified links shared by strangers.