KL Restaurant Scammed By Fake Universiti Malaya Order For 500 Pax

They've started an emergency sale, asking the public to DM for support.
Scammers are becoming increasingly clever, using various tricks that often makes one wonder how they come up with such ideas.

Recently, a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur fell victim to a scam after receiving an order purportedly from “Universiti Malaya” for a 500-person event scheduled for today (6 June).

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After signing all the documents, the restaurant’s 15 chefs swiftly began preparing for the large order, purchasing ingredients and getting everything ready.

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However, it later emerged that the documents were forged, and the order turned out to be fake.

Man looking stressed reading the document
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Fake order placed for 500 pax

This came to light after the restaurant shared the incident on their official Facebook account, PichaEats.

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On Wednesday, 5th June, the restaurant received an urgent request from someone claiming to represent “Universiti Malaya”.

The order was for a 500-person event scheduled for Friday, 7th June, citing that their usual vendor had pulled out at the last minute.

With all necessary documents signed, the restaurant’s team of 15 chefs sprang into action, purchasing ingredients and preparing for the massive order.

Pichaeats scam notice
Photo via FB/PichaEats 

However, on the day of the supposed event, the restaurant discovered the shocking truth—there was indeed no event.

The documents were forged, and the entire order was a scam.

“Long story short, it’s a scam/prank. There’s actually NO event or order and the documents are forged.” they shared.

This left the restaurant in a difficult situation, with significant financial losses and a surplus of ingredients meant for 500 meals.

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Not the only one

To make matters worse, the restaurant later found out that another catering company had faced a similar scam just a day earlier, facing significant financial loss.

In response, the restaurant is filing a police report and notifying Universiti Malaya about the misuse of their name by scammers.

Pichaeats scam notice (whatsapp chat)
Photo via FB/PichaEats 

Appealed for public’s help

Despite the setback, the restaurant quickly adapted by turning the situation into an opportunity to serve the community.

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They issued a heartfelt plea on social media: “If you need food for today (lunch, high tea, dinner) for your family, office gathering, or would like to donate so we can distribute the meals to communities in need, please DM us!”

They also shared five sets of emergency menus, and the response was overwhelming.

Picha eats's menu
Photo via FB/PichaEats 

“We are currently experiencing a high volume of messages. While we strive to respond to each one, there may be a delay in getting back to you. Your patience is greatly appreciated, and we will do our best to respond as soon as possible.” they wrote.

“Thank you so much for the love and support you’ve been giving. We really appreciate each and every one of you!” the restaurant expressed in a follow-up message.

What do you think about this incident? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.

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