A teacher was scammed of RM60,781 of her savings after she paid in advance for a holiday package to Japan to a Whatsapp group representative purportedly offering cheap trips.
Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department head Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the 36-year-old woman claimed she paid in advance for her friends because she did not want to disappoint them as they were so excited to visit Japan.
He added that the victim dealt with a Whatsapp group representative on Jan 1, 2018, who offered a five-day, four-night holiday package starting from Dec 23, 2018.
She paid 11 installment in all into the suspect’s account.
“The victim and her friends left for Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) late in the afternoon on Jan 6.
“However, when they wanted to check-in for their flight at the counter, they were informed that their flight booking numbers did not exist.
“The unhappy victims also found the hotels, supposedly booked by the suspect, did not exist,” he told reporters on Friday (June 28).
Supt Wazir added that the teacher lodged a police report after she lost contact with the suspect who blocked her phone number and Facebook. – Bernama