Crime & Courts

Man loses RM23,000 after wanting to buy RM32 worth of Touch 'n Go cards

KUANTAN: A vocational training officer, 55, from Jerantut wanted was to buy a set of Touch 'n Go (TnG) cards for RM32, but instead lost RM23,514 to a scammer.

The incident happened on Jan 4 when the man saw an advertisement offering TnG cards equipped with NFC technology (TnG NFC) sold at a bargain price on Facebook.

Pahang police chief Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the man had contacted the seller, who impersonated an authorised agent to sell the TnG NFC card.

"The victim was interested in the family package offer where he could buy four units of TnG NFC cards for RM32.

"He clicked on a link provided by the agent to buy the cards through WhatsApp.

"He provided his bank account details, including username and password, to complete the payment procedure, but failed. Sometime later, he realised his bank account was empty."

He said the case was being investigated for cheating.

Ramli urged the public not to download unverified applications or links shared by strangers, or provide banking details to unknown third parties.

On Dec 31, a housewife, 36, from Raub lost RM21,399 when she tried to redeem 750 e-wallet points through a bogus representative claiming to be from TnG.

The suspect informed the victim that her e-wallet had expired and there were 750 unclaimed points in it.

The victim provided her bank account details, including type allocation code (TAC).

The victim had shared seven TACs to the suspect before realising she had been cheated.

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