3 victims have come forward to report being scammed by the fake “Covid-19 government aid scheme.”
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Three local men have become victims of a scam of a bogus Skim Bantuan Khas Covid-19.
The victims aged 26 to 48 received the SMS offering them special assistance of RM500 to be credited into their bank accounts after filling in their personal details through the link given.
According to the Malay Mail, the three victims discovered their respective bank balances reduced after filling out the online form. The total loss amounted to RM4,550.
The Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department received a report from each victim on the incidents that happened between 28 and 30 July.
The cases are being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
Kuala Lumpur police chief, Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim, reiterated that the Health Ministry had never sent any message on providing Covid-19 financial assistance.
To avoid being cheated, the public is advised to check the MySejahtera Twitter page to confirm whether an aid scheme is ongoing or to check directly with the ministry or agency involved.
Azmi also urged the public not to upload anything that has yet to be verified for its authenticity and not to divulge personal details to a third party.
A check online showed that there was a Bantuan Khas Covid-19 (BKC) scheme but that ended in 2021.
Another similar scam
A similar scam is also making its round offering to credit money into your TnG eWallet.
The SMS supposedly from MySejahtera informed unwitting victims that RM800 has been credited into their TnG eWallet under Bantuan Khas Kewangan Covid-19.
The unwitting victims are then told to check their eWallet balance by clicking on the link provided and will be asked to fill in personal details.
Unfortunately, it’s a phishing scam to get the victim’s TnG eWallet PIN.
MySejahtera has urged the public to ignore the messages.