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Sarawak man left RM1.2 million poorer after online 'investment' returns just RM20,000

KUCHING: A local event manager was left devastated after falling victim to a part-time job scam, resulting in him receiving a mere RM20,000 commission from the RM1.2 million he had invested.

According to Sarawak Police Commissioner, Datuk Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri, on May 14, the man in his 30s was offered a part-time job opportunity of online buying and selling by a woman claiming to be "Emma" from Vietnam, whom he met on the Tinder app.

The victim was promised a return of 1.1 percent on his investment if he participated in the part-time job and would also receive a commission for the items he sold on the provided website.

Subsequently, Mohd Azman said the victim communicated with the suspect through WhatsApp and Telegram, and they even had video calls to discuss the part-time job.

"The victim was given a link to and an ID for the respective application. He made a total of 27 payment transactions to seven different bank accounts between May 15 and July 13, resulting in a loss of RM1.2 million," said Mohd Azman in a statement today.

"However, so far, the victim has only received RM20,000 in returns," he added.

The victim became aware of the scam when he stopped receiving the promised commissions from the suspect.

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