Victim Loses RM180,000 to Online Motorcycle Buying Scam

A businessman lost nearly RM180,000 in motorcycle purchase scam on Facebook.

The 49-year-old businessman had wanted to buy seven Honda 110cc motorcycles with chosen number plates through the social media. According to Seremban Police Chief Mohamad Hatta Che Din, the victim made seven payments to an individual he did not know last May 24 to 28 with a total of RM179,376 for the purchase of the seven motorcycles.

“He later realized he was cheated after not receiving the promised motorcycle before making a police report.”

He advised the public not to easily trust those who offer to sell goods online at low prices and to immediately check to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

Cases of online motorcycle purchase fraud have been rampant for the past few years. There were also scammers who used the names and logos of well-known motorcycle shops to carry out their nefarious activities. We often found posts from these motorcycle shops that advised buyers to be more cautious, especially when making purchases online or through social media.

Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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