Supt Maria Rasid

MIRI (July 29): A civil servant here who wanted to buy an RM550 drone ended up losing RM31,100 to an online shopping scam.

Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Supt Maria Rasid said the police received a report on the case from the male victim in his 20s on Wednesday.

“According to the victim, on July 26, 2021, he was keen to purchase a DJI Mini 2 drone offered at a price of RM550 by the owner of an Instagram account by the name of ‘bm_elektronik7’.

“The victim was later asked by the suspect to make several payments for the drone, including guarantee fee and Customs release payment amounting to RM31,100 between July 26 and 28.

“Payments were then made to five different individual accounts through 10 transactions. The victim was told by the suspect that the money would be returned to him after that,” she said in a statement Thursday.

Maria said the victim only realised that he had been cheated…

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