The Malaysia Ministry of Finance just issued a warning, calling the viral news about extra RM600 STR benefits fake news!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : You Can Qualify For Extra RM600 STR Benefits!
People are sharing a message on WhatsApp, which claims to provide you with the opportunity to get RM600 of extra STR (Sumbangan Tunai Rahman) cash benefits!
Here is the original message in Malay (with the scam link removed) and our English translation:
ADA PENERIMA STR YANG LAYAK DAPAT RM600 TAMBAHAN: BERIKUT SENARAI PENUH PENERIMANYA
Senarai Penuh Penerimanya 👇
Bank lagi info di Channel Telegram ==> <link removed>
SHARE INFO dengan rakan-rakan dan keluarga
THERE ARE STR RECIPIENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR AN EXTRA RM600: THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL LIST OF RECIPIENTS
Full List of Recipients 👇
More info on the Telegram Channel ==> <link removed>
SHARE INFO with friends and family
Truth : There Are No Extra RM600 STR Benefits!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS and SCAMS circulating on WhatsApp, and social media platforms, and here are the reasons why!
On Wednesday, 5 July 2023, the Malaysia Ministry of Finance posted an official press release labelling the claim of extra RM600 STR (Sumbangan Tunai Rahmah) as fake news.
Here is the official notice in Malay and the English translation:
PERHATIAN BERITA PALSU
Kementerian Kewangan ingin menegaskan bahawa maklumat mengenai tambahan Sumbangan Tunai Rahmah (STR) sebanyak RM600 adalah palsu. Berhati-hati dan jangan mudah terpedaya dengan berita sebegini di Telegram. Tidak pasti, jangan kongsi.
STR Fasa 3 sudah disalurkan pada 26 Jun yang lepas. Bagi memastikan program STR 3 ini disasarkan kepada mereka yang layak, tempoh permohonan rayuan juga akan dibuka mulai 3 hingga 31 Julai 2023. Pemohon boleh mengemukakan dokumen berkaitan untuk semakan semula oleh Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia (LHDNM).
BEWARE OF FAKE NEWS
The Ministry of Finance would like to stress that the information regarding the additional Rahmah Cash Contribution (STR) of RM600 is false. Be careful and don’t be easily fooled by this kind of news on Telegram. Don’t share if you’re not sure.
STR Phase 3 was channeled last June 26. To ensure that the STR 3 program is targeted at those who are eligible, the appeal application period will also be open from 3 to 31 July 2023. Applicants can submit relevant documents for review by the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB).[/su_note]
The MOF pointed out that STR Phase 3 was already fully disbursed as of June 26. However, they opened an appeal application period from 3 to 31 July, to ensure that all qualifying recipients have the opportunity to apply for this financial aid.
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