A college student in KL was threatened into stripping naked after making an accidental booking on an e-hailing application
Harian Metro reported that the incident took place around 1am on 1 November.
While at his home in Hiliran Ampang, the 18-year-old installed an e-hailing app and accidentally placed a booking for a ride.
After that, he contacted the driver to cancel the booking but was instead accused of making a fake booking.
The angered driver then requested to meet up and demanded the victim pay RM25.50 as compensation.
However, during the meeting, the driver extorted the victim and threatened him into transferring RM200 to a bank account and stripping naked.
Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid told Sinar Harian, "The victim called the driver and explained that his actions were an accident but after the call, the driver sent him WhatsApp messages and demanded to meet up immediately. The victim agreed and promised to pay the RM25.50 fare as compensation."
He then explained that when the two met up, the driver threatened the victim and said that he will file a police report if the 18-year-old refuses to comply. He asked the victim to strip naked as well as transfer RM200 to his bank account.
Not long after that, the victim was told that he needed to pay another RM2,000 to the driver within two days if he didn't want a video of him stripping naked to be circulated.
The distraught victim then filed a police report at the Pudu Police Station.
The case is currently being investigated under Section 384 of the Penal Code
Section 384 of the Penal Code states that whoever commits extortion shall be punished with either imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, a fine, a whipping, or any two of such punishments.
According to Harian Metro, police have identified the suspect as a man from Penang Island and they are tracking him down for further investigation.