Recently, an 18 year old girl was scammed on WeChat for RM23,000 in hopes of getting an IPhone 8 for ”free”.
The victim, who wishes to be known as Yong, said she added a WeChat user who promotes iPhone products on Feb 26.
“The WeChat user claimed that I will get a free iphone 8 if I share their WeChat QR code to all of my WeChat groups.
“After I have done so, the user then said I have to transfer RM158 to an account number to get the phone but the user said it will be refunded,” she told a press conference at the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department on Tuesday (March 12).
But it did not stop there. The amount that had to be paid to get the phone kept growing, Yong said.
“On March 1, the user then said that the phone that I will get is just the front cover, thus I have to pay for the phone’s battery, RAM and CPU.
“Again, the user claimed that all paid fees will be refunded,” she said.
Yong said she has paid up to RM15,888 for the ”administrative fees.”
“I continued to pay as I was confident that my money will be refunded.
“I ended up paying a total of RM23,000, which I borrowed from my uncle,” the girl said.
After making her last payment which was on March 5, she has not received the phone and also the the refund.
She then lodged a police report at the Seremban police station.