Scammers Exploit Labuan Residents with Fake Part-Time Job Offers on Social Media
Labuan, a bustling city known for its economic activities, has recently fallen victim to a surge in scams targeting its residents. These scams, disguised as enticing part-time job opportunities offered on social media platforms, have resulted in a collective loss of RM203,507 from the savings of 15 individuals, including civil servants.
Labuan police chief Supt Hamizi Halim revealed that the commercial crime division in Labuan has received a total of 15 police reports regarding these scams since the beginning of this month. The scammers employ a clever modus operandi by creating a WhatsApp group, with an administrator named Olivia. Olivia then recruits individuals to form additional groups and add as many contacts as possible.
Once unsuspecting members are added to these groups, they are lured with promises of lucrative part-time jobs. However, they soon discover that they have been deceived into engaging in illegal online investments. These deceptive practices have left Labuan residents devastated and alarmed.
No arrests have been made in connection with these cases thus far, but the Labuan police are diligently working to identify and apprehend the culprits responsible for these job scams. Supt Hamizi advised the public to exercise caution when offered online part-time jobs with attractive wages, urging them to verify the legitimacy of such opportunities before engaging in any financial transactions.
In today’s digital age, where technology continues to advance rapidly, it is vital for individuals to be vigilant and skeptical of online opportunities. The police authorities are committed to combatting fraudulent activities and ensuring the safety and security of the community. However, the cooperation of the public is crucial in achieving this goal.
Labuan, known as the Pearl of Borneo, is a federal territory of Malaysia located off the coast of Sabah. It is a vibrant city with a growing economy, attracting both local and international businesses. Unfortunately, as Labuan prospers, it also becomes a target for criminals seeking to exploit its residents.
Labuan residents, like any other individuals seeking opportunities, should exercise caution when encountering enticing job offers online. By verifying the legitimacy of these opportunities and staying informed about the latest scams, Labuan residents can better protect themselves from falling victim to such deceivers.
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Stay vigilant, stay safe.