E-Reward Fraud Leads To RM4.6 Million Loss For Malaysians
About 100 police reports have been made, with total losses estimated at more than RM4.6 million
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The Malaysia International Humanitarian Organisation (MHO) has urged the authorities to investigate scammers using e-reward apps.
MHO Secretary General, Datuk Hishamuddin Hashim, said an investigation should be conducted since many consumers have been cheated.
According to him, the service offers up to 50 per cent reward points for every purchase of a voucher through the app.
The voucher can be used at selected premises, including petrol stations.
He added that at least 100 police reports have been made by victims, with total losses estimated at more than RM4.6 million.
He said most of the victims complained that there were among the investigating officers who did not want to bring the case criminally and asked them to appoint a lawyer to file a civil suit.
I want to ask how to sue if the company no longer exists and has run away? Therefore, I request the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) through the Commercial Crime Investigation Department to look into the existing reports and conduct an investigation.MHO Secretary General, Datuk Hishamuddin Hashim on the urgency of the situation.
He said if it leads to a criminal case, police can arrest the individuals involved instead of waiting for more reports to be lodged.
The police can then apply for remand and charge the accused for fraud and causing loss to the victims.
Hishamuddin stressed that many victims have lost enormous sums and only want to seek justice.
He was speaking at a press conference with e-Ganjaran fraud victims in front of the Sentul District Police Headquarters (IPD) today.
Ignorance, Greed Make For Easy Prey
Hishamuddin explained that the victims were tricked into buying vouchers in large numbers because the premises with the company in question had a good reputation.
Consumers are also deceived because the syndicate uses the names of famous people among the company’s advisors, including royal relatives, former high-ranking police officers and famous individuals.
Guna nama tokoh terkenal, rugi sehingga RM4.6 juta masuk aplikasi e-ganjaran https://t.co/vlU8vyGe7H pic.twitter.com/u9wqzggY1N— BERNAMA (@bernamadotcom) February 3, 2023
Hishamuddin said some of the victims bought vouchers worth between RM50,000 and RM490,000 because they were hoping for a subsidy to reduce purchases for savings.
Unfortunately, after many people bought the vouchers, the company stopped the e-reward app in April 2022. All the vouchers and the value of the money in the wallet system disappeared.MHO Secretary General, Datuk Hishamuddin Hashim on the sudden collapse of the e-reward app.
In the meantime, he advised Malaysians to be careful always and not be deceived by so many reward offers.
He warned the syndicates ‘reincarnate’ using different names but still using the same modus operandi.
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