The criminals stole the name of travel agencies and set up special Pages on Facebook to sell travel packages at preferential prices. According to The China Daily, there have been at least 10 cases of fraud.

One of the victims used Facebook to expose the scam; She said she found the tour operator on Facebook, who offered to “book” a discounted round-trip flight between Tahu in Sabah and Kuala Lumpur for less than RM700 (S $220), and then arrange a trip and diving package to Semporna. Located on the east coast of Sabah, Semporna is a famous undersea tourism center.

At the same time, the victim was asked to transfer money by providing bank accounts, along with forged airline tickets and receipts. In the course of WhatsApp conversation, the other party's text shows highly professional and considerate, which will not be associated with fraud.

Fake receipts the scammer gave the victim and screenshots of conversation.


Photo credit: Sin Chew Daily

In response to netizens' inquiries, the victims said in a post that they had packed their belongings and were ready to leave yesterday 18th, but they received a text message from the other party yesterday informing them that everything was fake.

She said she tried to contact him several times, but to no avail. “I call also connect impassability, terrible, money all gave, injustice!”


Stolen travel agency said very undeserved

The woman, who asked not to be named, said he had called the police, and the stolen travel agency has also called the police.

Her post received many responses from netizens. People are warned not to be fooled if they are asked to transfer their money to a private account.

A netizen claiming to be a tour guide pointed out that the price offered by the scammers was really low, so people fell for it.

“A round-trip ticket to Semporna (from Kuala Lumpur) normally costs RM1,500 (S $475) per person, but they claimed it was just over RM600…

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