Buyer Dupes Man Selling His Mobile Phone By Giving Him RM1,700 Worth Of Counterfeit Notes

The man was made aware of the counterfeit money when all 17 of the RM100 banknotes he received from the woman were rejected by the cash deposit machine.

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A local man allegedly fell victim to a counterfeit money scam when he attempted to sell a mobile phone to a woman on Tuesday, 20 September

According to Bernama, the victim had allegedly put a mobile phone up for sale and advertised it on Facebook. He received a response and an offer from the suspect, in which the victim agreed to sell the device for RM1,950.

Both parties also reportedly agreed to meet up in person at Billion Shopping Centre (Semenyih) in Bandar Teknologi Kajang to complete the exchange.

The suspect was reported to have arrived at the agreed location in a brown Kia Cerato car, allegedly driven by a man

The victim reported that the woman handed him 17 pieces of RM100 notes and five RM50 notes to pay for the mobile phone. After receiving the "payment" from the suspect, the victim went to deposit the money at a cash deposit machine.

To his dismay, he found that the machine was rejecting all the RM100 notes he received from the suspect. Only the RM50 notes were allegedly genuine and were accepted.

The victim was reported to have been selling the mobile phone in order to raise capital for a business he was planning to start.

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Image via New Straits Times

He has since lodged a police report

Kajang district police chief ACP Mohd Zaid Hassan said the case is currently being investigated under section 489B of the Penal Code.

Mohd Zaid has advised the public to be wary of fraud schemes involving counterfeit money and to also be prudent whenever selling or buying something using cash or cash on delivery (COD).

"Identify the individuals you are dealing with first and check the latest modus operandi (of fraudsters) through the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department's Facebook and Royal Malaysia Police's Cyber ​​Crime Alert," the police chief cautioned.

Infographic explaining how fraudsters operate their modus operandi.

Image via Cyber Crime Alert Royal Malaysia Police (Facebook)

In recent years, counterfeit notes have become harder to detect, even for the police:

In 2019, a Sarawakian soldier was arrested by police for printing RM4,000 in counterfeit notes to use for his wedding:

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