Cops warn of new ‘cheap flights’ scam

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman detected an online airline ticket scam which caused victims to lose a total of RM233,954.

The Director of Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) of Bukit Aman, Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din, said the scammers would advertise the so-called air ticket sale on the “cafe.naver” website. com/mymalaysia”.

“The website supposedly sells tickets operated by ‘Syarikat Apsan Travel and Tour Sdn Bhd’.

“Victims are attracted to the website because it offers cheaper airfare,” he said in a statement on Wednesday May 11.

Once the payments are made, the victims do not receive any plane tickets, he said.

“We received 20 police reports, with losses amounting to RM233,954.

“We are investigating the case under Article 420 of the Penal Code for cheating,” he said.

Comm Mohd Kamarudin advised the public to be careful not to get ripped off.

“Remain vigilant when transacting online with unknown entities offering prices below normal market prices.

“Avoid paying to a name other than the seller’s,” he said.

He also advised the public to check the bank account number or phone number of potential sellers at http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/,” he said.

Those with questions or information can contact CCID Scam Response Center on 03-2610 1559 or 03-2610 1599.

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