Use the name of a famous figure, lose up to RM4.6 million in the e-reward application

Use the name of a famous figure, lose up to RM4.6 million in the e-reward application

KUALA LUMPUR: Using the names of famous figures, royals, former government officials and religious leaders, many were deceived into losing more than RM4.6 million, after participating in an e-reward (online reward) application fraud scheme that offered vouchers of up to 50 percent since 2018.

Malaysian International Humanitarian Organization (MHO) Secretary General Datuk Hishamuddin Hashim said so far, about 100 victims have made police reports and he believes there are many more victims involved with more losses.

He said apart from famous figures, the syndicate that offers the voucher or e-reward service, also involves various famous brands including Petronas or Shell.

“This syndicate offers people a form of investment, which offers them rewards or vouchers that give them savings of up to 50 percent. Most of the vendors or traders who are with this syndicate, consist of those who have a good reputation.

“What happened, many who participated in this scheme bought this voucher and they thought that by purchasing this voucher, they would get subsidies and discounts on the purchase of goods,” he said in a press conference in front of the Sentul District Police Headquarters, here today.

Hishamuddin said the modus operandi of this syndicate is that users are required to purchase a voucher known as (QV), with payment for this voucher having to be purchased through FPX online and after purchasing QV during the promotional period, they will be rewarded in the form of a subsidy voucher known as SV.

“Users then spend with QV at a certain amount that will be rewarded with SV. Victims are more attracted to this application when these QV and SV can be used to purchase goods or services available in the application, with savings of up to 50 percent.

“Unfortunately, after many people bought, in April last year, this company suddenly stopped their application without any reasonable reason. All the vouchers in the ‘wallet’ of the application disappeared, just disappeared,” he said.

Meanwhile, the President of the Malaysian Community Crime Concern Organization (MCCC) Tan Sri Musa Hassan said this was a scam and requested the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to investigate, as well as take action against those involved who used the names of famous people, to attract people many join this syndicate.

A victim who wants to be known as Rafiq from Marang, Terengganu explained that he was attracted to the e-reward offer because of the discount given, in addition to being convinced by a preacher that the investment law is a must.

“When asked like that, we are even more confident in this e-reward scheme without hesitation. Many famous people are in this syndicate.

“I use it a lot to buy household items and tools for home construction, because I can save. I lost about RM70,000 since joining at the end of 2021,” he said.

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