Over RM92,000 lost to face mask, sanitiser scams since Feb, say KK cops

KOTA KINABALU: Police here say they have received 20 police reports so far by people who fell prey to online scams over the sale of face masks and hand sanitiser since early last month.

Kota Kinabalu police chief Habibi Majinji said the scammers, who operated on social media platforms, managed to dupe their victims of more than RM92,000.

Police have made three arrests in connection with these cases, with the detainees prosecuted in court.

“The complainants told police they saw advertisements by these people claiming to sell masks and sanitiser on sites like Facebook and Instagram.

“After communicating with the advertiser, the victims were told to make online payments to certain accounts.

“But after doing so, the individual(s) they connected with went silent and the items never reached them,” Habibi said here today.

He advised the public to be wary of such scams in addition to others such as the Macau or love scams, TAC number scams and dubious loan offers online.

Members of the public can verify whether the bank account number given by suspected scammers are involved in cheating cases at http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/.

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