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Young teacher loses RM69030 for buying a Scottish Fold cat online

What a costly cat.
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SEREMBAN – A kindergarten teacher’s dream of having a Scottish Fold landed her in trouble of losing RM69030.

Head of Commercial Crime Investigation Department (JSJK) of Negeri Sembilan Police Contingent Headquarters (IPK), Superintendent Aibee Ab. Ghani said the 25-year-old victim made a police report yesterday after realising the purchase was a scam.

Superintendent Aibee Ab. Ghani (Photo via Utusan)
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According to Aibee, the victim was introduced to the potential sale on a Facebook advertisement on 23rd October at 10.52 am. It was reported that the seller and the cat are both Indonesia-based Scottish cats.

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“The victim dealt with the seller with the phone number +62 895-3241-29741 after confirming her interest in buying the cat.”

Both parties agreed on a price of RM900, the buyer was requested to pay 50% in advance. The remaining can be made after receiving the cat.

“At around 11.55 on the same day, the victim transferred RM450 to a Hong Leong Bank account with the number 3385 1035 867 under the name Tansiaupenga Siagian,” Aibee said in a statement today.

Wait a second…

The victim was told that the Scottish Fold was sent out for posting after she made the payment. However, she was asked to pay various procedure fees during the postage.

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There were a total of 14 transactions made to two different bank accounts, RHB 1020 6900 4503 42 and Maybank 1600 3736 6616.

It was then the young teacher realised this is a scam, but it was too late. A total of RM69030 was already transferred to the scammer.

Fruthermore, the victim is also afraid that her IC number and address might be leaked and misused because she gave the scammer a copy of her IC.  

Aibee added that the case would be investigated under Penal Code 420.

The police urge the public to be more cautious with online transactions.

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