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Scam Alert : CIMB Customers Hit By Fake SMS Messages!

Scam Alert : CIMB Customers Hit By Fake SMS Messages!

Scammers continue to target CIMB customers, using many different kinds of fake SMS messages.

Do NOT click or call if you receive any of these fake SMS messages!

And please warn your family and friends!

 

Scam Alert : CIMB Customers Hit By Fake SMS Messages!

Whether you are a CIMB Bank customer or not, you may receive one of these alarming SMS messages :

RM 0.00 CIMB: Confidential!

Dear CIMB users, your account will TERMINATED on 24/12/20. Verify via http://www.cimbclickikm.cc to keep on using CIMB Clicks services.

Please make verification within 24hours to avoid service interruption.

RM0 CIMB: Instant Transfer RM4998.78 to CHAY LEE FEN/HONG LEONG on 23-Dec-2020, 13:06:35. Call the no. at the back of your card for queries.

If you receive any of these SMS messages, please DO NOT click on the link, or call the number. JUST IGNORE THEM, or delete them.

RM0.00 CIMB: MYR 2968.00 was charged on your card num 4204 at Shopee.MY. If this is not your txn, call 1800-9767 now.

Cimb Your account is judged as high risk by the system, PLS re-verify your account. cimbclicksecurity.com

Note : These scams do not just affect CIMB Bank. In fact, all banks are affected :

 

Why These CIMB SMS Messages Are Fake

Let us show you how to identify these fake CIMB SMS messages.

If you spot any of these warning signs, BACK OFF and DO NOT PROCEED!

Warning Sign #1 : Grammatical Mistakes

If you carefully read the first SMS messages above, you can easily spot numerous grammatical mistakes. A bank will never send such poorly worded messages to their customers.

However, they may copy the real SMS message from CIMB to trick you into thinking that this is a real transaction. Such fake SMS messages will have proper grammar.

Warning Sign #2 : Embedded Links

Banks will NEVER embed links (URLs) into the message. If you see embedded links, always think – SCAM SMS!

Unlike the Public Bank SMS scam, they used a copy of the real SMS message to trick you into clicking the URL in the first message.

Warning Sign #3 : Wrong Links

And always check the link – www.cimbclickikm.cc and cimbclicksecurity.com are not the correct addresses for the CIMB Bank websites (www.cimbclicks.com.my or www.cimb.com.my).

The best policy is to manually key in the bank website address. NEVER click on any link in an SMS, even if it looks legit.

When you see any website with .cc links, be wary because the .CC domains are registered in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands – an Australian territory of only 14 km², with only about 600 inhabitants.

Warning Sign #4 : No Personal Login Phrase / Picture

To avoid phishing attacks, banks now give you a secret response (like a picture or a phrase) to confirm that you are visiting their legitimate website.

If the website you are visiting gives you the wrong picture or secret phrase, you have been tricked into visiting a fake website designed to mimic the real bank website.

You should also remember that the bank website must show you secret picture or phrase right after you enter your login, but BEFORE you key in your password.

If you are asked to key in your password without the website displaying the secret phrase or picture, you have been tricked into visiting a fake website designed to mimic the real bank website.

 

CIMB Advice To Protect Against Fake SMS / Email Scams

Here is a list of DOs and DON’Ts to protect yourself against fake SMS / email scams.

Please DO follow these good practices

  1. Pay attention to your transaction alerts and check your account activities regularly. In case of any unusual activity, please contact us immediately.
  2. If you wish to contact us, ONLY call the number on the back of your card or refer to CIMB website “Contact Us” page.
  3. Always check the URL of the website that you are making purchases from. Ensure  the “lock” icon or “https” appears on the website’s address bar.
  4. Always find a reputable seller on online marketplaces by searching for reviews from other customers to know their experience.
  5. To access CIMB Clicks, type the entire URL as follows: www.cimbclicks.com.my
  6. Always remember to log out once you have completed your banking transactions.

Please DO NOT follow these bad practices

  1. Don’t panic and give personal information to fraudsters impersonating representatives of government agencies etc. even if they deploy fear tactics. Immediately call the number on the back of your card to verify with CIMB.
  2. Never apply for personal financing through unverified links or individuals promising a lower rate. CIMB does not impose any application charges for personal financing applications.
  3. Never take instructions from anyone to change the mobile number in CIMB records to any number other than your own mobile number.
  4. When transacting online, never continue with a purchase if you have any doubts if the seller is not genuine.
  5. Never share details such as your card number / User ID / PIN / password / TAC  with anyone or key them in in any website other than CIMB Clicks.
    (Note: CIMB will never ask for  your ‘User ID’, ‘Password’ or ‘TAC’ under any circumstances outside of CIMB Clicks).
  6. Do not click on links or open email attachments from unknown / unreliable senders / sources.
    (Note: Emails from CIMB will always end with @cimb.com such as cimb.marketing@cimb.com

 

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Did US Supreme Court Overturn Universal Vaccination?

Did the US Supreme Court overturn universal vaccination because the COVID-19 vaccine is not actually a vaccine?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Big Victory? US Supreme Court Overturned Universal Vaccination?

A long essay about a recent US Supreme Court decision is being shared on WhatsApp, claiming that the US Supreme Court overturned universal vaccination because the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t actually a vaccine at all.

Apparently, Senator Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a group of scientists filed a lawsuit against Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma, and they won!

A BIG VICTORY FOR FREEDOM IN THE UNITED STATES.

* The Supreme Court overturned universal vaccination. *

* – US infectious disease specialist Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci, and Big Pharma * lost a US Supreme Court case, failing to prove all of their vaccines over the past 32 years were safe for the health of citizens!

The lawsuit was filed by a group of scientists led by * Senator Kennedy *.

– Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: * “The new COVID vaccine must be avoided at all costs. I urgently draw your attention to important issues related to the next vaccination against Covid-19. For the first time in the history of vaccination, the so-called latest-generation mRNA vaccines directly interfere with the genetic material of the patient and therefore alter the individual genetic material, which is genetic manipulation, which was already prohibited and was previously considered to be a crime.*

CORONA VIRUS VACCINE IS NOT A VACCINE! *

*- WARNING !*

What has always been a vaccine?

– It was always the pathogen itself (a microbe or a virus which was killed or attenuated), that is to say weakened, and it was introduced into the body to produce antibodies.

– Not even a vaccine against the corona virus!

– It’s not that at all!

– It is part of the newest group of mRNA (mRNA) supposedly “vaccines”, once inside a human cell, mRNA reprograms normal RNA / DNA which begins to make another protein.

– In other words: * Nothing to do with traditional vaccines! *

– In other words: * It is an instrument of genetic influence. *

* – Gene weapon! *

– In other words: * They were going to destroy earthlings, and the survivors will become GMOs! *

– Following the vaccine * unprecedented mRNA: * The vaccinated will no longer be able to treat the symptoms of the vaccine in an additional way.

– Vaccinated people will have to accept the consequences, as they can no longer be cured by simply removing toxins from the human body, such as a person with a genetic defect such as: * Down syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, Turner syndrome , genetic heart failure, hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, Rett syndrome, etc.) *, because the genetic defect is eternal!

– This clearly means: * If any vaccination symptom develops after mRNA vaccination, neither I nor any other therapist can help, as * THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE VACCINATION WILL BE GENETICALLY DAMAGING. *

Saturday, March 13, 2021

 

No, US Supreme Court Did Not Overturn Universal Vaccination!

The entire essay is a rambling pile of nonsensical lies about vaccination, and the mRNA vaccine against COVID-19.

Let’s break down the individual claims, and tell you what the FACTS really are :

Claim : US Supreme Court overturned universal vaccination
Verdict : False

This claim is completely false, because the United States has never mandated universal vaccination. Therefore, there is nothing for the Supreme Court to overturn.

The government continues to have broad authority to make a vaccine mandatory during a public health crisis, as decided by the Supreme Court in their 1905 decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts.

In 1922, the Supreme Court “settled that it is within the police power of a state to provide for compulsory vaccination” in their unanimous Zucht v. King decision.

However, compulsory vaccination is quite different from universal vaccination.

Claim : Bill Gates Is An Infectious Disease Expert
Verdict : False

Bill Gates is not an infectious disease expert. The writer may have confused Bill Gates with Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Not sure how that’s possible since they don’t even look alike! Other than they are both white and wear glasses?

In fact, Dr. Francis Collins actually looks like a mix of Bill Gates and Dr. Fauci in this picture!

Bill Gates, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, May 2016, Photo Credit : Bill Branson

Claim : Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci + Big Pharma Lost A Supreme Court Case
Verdict : False

Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma were never part of any US Supreme Court case.

The new, ultra-conservative US Supreme Court did deal public health advocates a blow in 2020, when they ruled against the State of New York in Roman Catholic Diocese Of Brooklyn, New York v. Andrew M. Cuomo.

But that had nothing to do with pharmaceutical companies, Bill Gates or even Dr. Fauci. The Supreme Court ruled that the State of New York cannot bar people from gathering in churches and synagogues during the pandemic.

Claim : Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Is A Senator
Verdict : False

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is not, and has never been, a US Senator.

The writer probably confused him with his illustrious father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968.

Claim : The Lawsuit Was Filed By Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Verdict : False

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. never filed any lawsuit that was brought before the US Supreme Court.

In July 2019, he filed a lawsuit against the state of New York, to overturn a new state law that bars parents from refusing to vaccinate their children on religious grounds.

His family actually spoke out AGAINST him, calling him “an outlier in the Kennedy family”, and pointing out that his uncle President F. Kennedy and his father, Robert F. Kennedy, both promoted vaccinations to stamp out preventable diseases.

He lost that lawsuit on 9 December 2019, after the New York state law was ruled constitutional.

That lawsuit was related to the measles outbreak, and is obviously unrelated to COVID-19, which did not come to public attention until 31 December 2019.

Claim : The mRNA Vaccine Changes Our Genes
Verdict : False

It is physically impossible for vaccine mRNA to penetrate the cell nucleus, so it cannot possibly change the cell’s DNA.

The mRNA is also automatically destroyed by the cell, after using it several times. Therefore, it can only exist for a short period of time.

Vaccines based on the viral vector technology are the ones that enter the cell nucleus, but even that only affects a small number of cells, and does not become part of our DNA.

Vaccines do NOT integrate with our DNA. Vaccines will NOT turn us into GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Is Not A Vaccine
Verdict : False

A vaccine is simply any biological preparation that gives your body an active, acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease.

The mRNA vaccine is a vaccine, even though it does not use the dead or attenuated virus to provide the protection.

It works quite similarly to a viral vector vaccine, in that they both use our cells to create viral proteins to trigger our body’s immune system.

Recommended : Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines : How Do They Work?

Claim : Vaccinated People Cannot Use Other Treatments
Verdict : False

First of all, COVID-19 has no treatment or cure, as of 9 April 2021.

That’s why the vaccines are so important – they prevent COVID-19, so you wouldn’t need any treatment!

But even if you are infected with COVID-19 after vaccination, you can still receive treatment for it. Vaccines do not prevent other treatments from working.

More importantly, COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to prevent death and hospitalisation.

Recommended : Two Doctors Share Their COVID-19 Vaccination Experiences!

Claim : COVID-19 Can Be Cured By Removing Toxins
Verdict : False

COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a novel coronavirus – a new virus that has never been encountered before.

It is NOT caused by accumulation of toxins in your body, because it would have existed long before 2020 if toxins were the cause.

More importantly, removing toxins from your body (which your liver and kidneys do every single day!) will NOT cure or prevent COVID-19.

 

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Employee Used Fake COVID-19 Test To Skip Work!

An employee used fake COVID-19 test results to skip work, forcing the cafe to close and her colleagues to get tested!

Find out what happened, and why this employee could possible be sent to jail!

 

Employee Used Fake COVID-19 Test To Skip Work!

On 7 April 2021, Justin Tay shared how an employee at his cafe in Skudai, Johor, used fake COVID-19 test results to skip work!

The employee started work as a waitress at the cafe on Monday, 5 March 2021.

She sent her employer a text message the next day – Tuesday, 6 March 2021, claiming that she just tested positive for COVID-19, and was unable to go to work.

He immediately close the cafe, and arranged for it to be disinfected. He also notified customers who were present yesterday, and sent all 13 employees (including himself) to be tested for COVID-19.

While waiting for his test results, he was informed by the doctor that the RTK-Ag (antigen rapid test kit) produces results within 10 minutes, and that his employee’s test results was dated 4 March 2021.

That made him suspicious, so he queried the female employee. She initially claimed that she only received the result on the day she reported for work – a day after she allegedly did the test.

When he told her that he would send the results to a lawyer for advice, the female employee resigned from her job, and finally admitted that the COVID-19 test results were fake.

She apparently asked her friend to edit the positive COVID-19 test report. When you compare both reports, you can see the editing – her friend used a much larger font.

Before reporting the matter to the police, he called up her parents. The female employee and her father came to meet the cafe management, but insisted they did nothing wrong.

So Justin Tay lodged a police report, and reopened the cafe. He estimated his loss at several thousand ringgit, because the cafe was closed and he had to send everyone for COVID-19 tests.

In addition, news spread that their employee was infected, and this caused amok panic and customers to stay away.

 

Police : Employee With Fake COVID-19 Test Under Investigation

The Iskandar Puteri police chief, ACP Dzulkhairi Mukhtar, confirmed that they will be investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

If convicted, the employee can face imprisonment of between 1-10 years, with whipping, and will also be liable to a fine!

420. Whoever cheats and thereby dishonestly induces the person deceived, whether or not the deception practiced was the sole or main inducement, to deliver any property to any person, or to make, alter, or destroy the whole or any part of a valuable security, or anything which is signed or sealed, and which is capable of being converted into a valuable security, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year and not more than ten years and with whipping, and shall also be liable to fine.

 

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Scam Alert : Fake DON DON DONKI Giveaway!

A fake DON DON DONKI giveaway is being actively shared on social media.

Please IGNORE it, and do NOT click or participate in it

 

Scam Alert : Fake DON DON DONKI Giveaway!

After DON DON DONKI – Japan’s biggest discount chain store – opened their first store in Malaysia, people have gone ga-ga, and scammers have taken notice.

They quickly created a fake DON DON DONKI giveaway, and many people have been sharing it on WhatsApp and Facebook.

Clicking on it leads you to a fake DON DON DONKI Brand Awareness Survey.

To the uninitiated, it may appear genuine. It has a Google domain, and there is a 100% Guarantee stamp, after all. So how can this be a scam?

Consider for a second the many genuine surveys you have done in the past. Have you ever seen a survey with just TWO questions?

This fake DON DON DONKI survey is intentionally short because the scammer doesn’t want people to quit on seeing a long survey.

In a genuine survey, you would be asked to key in your details for DON DON DONKI management to contact you.

Instead, after you submit, you are taken to what appears to be a Don Don Donki page, asking if you are a member.

This is a FAKE Don Don Donki page. You have been redirected to www.promohebat-my-76.com/cgi-bin/wingame.pl, with the string partner_pk=355.

What basically happened is that you have been tricked into this page by the scammer’s affiliate with a partner number of 355, who gets paid for every person tricked into opening this page.

Whether you choose Yes or No, you will be taken to the same page which is made to look as if you are registering for the voucher.

The truth is you are being tricked into agreeing to share your information with AP Marketing Asia Pacific Limited – a Hong Kong company that collects data to sell, or to push promotions for their clients.

If you key in your details, then you are agreeing to let them sell your email address and contact information to third-parties, as well as accept promotional offers from their clients.

In the next page, they will ask you for your mobile number, and your date of birth. This exposes you to scammers who can use this information for phishing attacks against you or your bank.

In subsequent pages, you are asked to participate in surveys for their clients like Etiqa, and then asked to participate in even more surveys and games.

Ultimately, this is nothing more than a scam to get you to participate in AP Marketing Asia Pacific Limited‘s marketing games and surveys.

You will NOT receive anything and only waste your time. Even worse, you will expose your personal information to AP Marketing’s clients, who may include other scammers.

So please WARN EVERYONE about this fake Don Don Donki giveaway!

 

Don Don Donki Confirms Giveaway Scam!

Don Don Donki was quickly alerted about this giveaway scam, and they issued a statement warning their fans not to participate.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Dear DONKI Fans,

We were informed that a fake page is pretending to be us and is running a giveaway contest.

Please note that DON DON DONKI Malaysia has only one official Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DonDonDonkiMY) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/DONDONDONKIMY/)

To protect your personal details, please do not engage, instead report suspicious pages.

We are grateful for loyal DONKI fans who made us aware of this situation.

Keep safe offline and online. Thank you!

 

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Scammer vs Scalper : Five RTX 30 Series Cards Gone!

A scammer just cheated a scalper out of FIVE GeForce RTX 30 series cards in a COD deal!

Find out how he got cheated in a Cash-On-Delivery exchange, and learn from his mistake!

 

Scammer vs Scalper : Five RTX 30 Series Cards Gone!

Scalpers have been taking advantage of the graphics card shortage, and massive increase in GPU mining, to make a killing on every graphics card they lay their hands on.

But the high prices and massive profits associated with graphics cards have also attracted scammers, who prowl online marketplaces looking for their greedy marks…

One scalper today shared how he was cheated of five NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards. What was even more shocking – he got scammed in a Cash On Delivery deal!

What Did The Scalper Lose?

The scalper lost five GIGABYTE graphics cards :

  • RTX 3070 AORUS Master (S/N : 210841066018)
  • RTX 3070 AORUS Master (S/N : lost)
  • RTX 3070 Gaming OC (S/N : 210841068841)
  • RTX 3070 Gaming OC : (S/N 210341039296)
  • RTX 3060 Gaming OC : (S/N 210441056468)

How Much Did The Scalper Lose?

We have no idea how much the deal was supposed to be, but he was quoting freaking high prices of :

  • RM4,699 (~US$1,135) for ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3060
  • RM5,500 (~US$1,329) for ASUS RTX 3060 Ti TUF Gaming

As you can tell, that is something like 2.5X more than what the cards really cost.

Based on that, we guesstimate that the entire deal was probably “worth” RM 34,000 (~US$8,200) to the scalper.

How Did The Scammer Fool The Scalper?

Here’s the interesting part – how the scammer fooled the scalper in a Cash On Delivery (COD) deal.

The scalper is not very clear about certain aspects, but from what we can gather with some investigations of our own…

  1. The scammer arranged to meet the scalper in a shopping centre, probably to gain his trust.
  2. He made an Instant Transfer, which failed. He probably set the transaction limit low.
  3. He blamed the bank transfer transaction limit, and said he would ask his wife (???) to change the limit.
  4. He then offered to transfer the money via a CIMB IBG GIRO transfer.
  5. The scammer likely initiated a Scheduled Transaction (which can be cancelled), and showed the scalper the online transaction receipt.
  6. By giving the scalper only a glance at the transaction receipt, or covering up the scheduled part of the receipt, he conveys the impression he had already transferred the money.
  7. To his credit, the scalper checked his own bank account and saw that the money was not deposited.
  8. The scammer then called the bank in front of the scalper, who confirmed that a GIRO transfer cannot be cancelled.
  9. The scammer sent the scalper a picture of his identity card and bank transaction receipt (probably through WhatsApp), to seal the deal.
  10. Once he walked away with the five graphics cards, the scammer quickly deleted the picture of his identity card and the bank transaction receipt, and cancelled the scheduled transaction.

So that was how the scalper went from potentially making a killing on his five GeForce graphics cards, to getting slaughtered by a scammer in a Cash On Delivery deal!

The scalper wondered if there was “Black Magic” involved. The truth is – the scammer used his greed to stop him from just walking away with his cards.

What Do We Know About The Scammer?

The scalper provided these details about the scammer who cheated him of his five graphics cards :

  • Surname : Ng
  • Race : Chinese
  • Identifying Features : Scar below right eye, tattoo on back of neck
  • Identity Card Number (partial) : 800831
  • State of Origin : Johor
  • Mobile Number : 013-277-6995
  • Vehicle Type : Honda HRV (Charcoal colour)
  • Vehicle Number Plate : 3553 or 5335

We have to point out that we cannot vouch for the authenticity of the scalper’s claims, or the details he shared.

 

Scammer vs Scalper : The Original Post

This was what the scalper posted on the issue :

*Scammer Alert *

Chinese Guy , Have Scar below right eye , tattoo behind neck
Beware of this person phone number 013-277-6995 Surname NG
IC No 800831, ic from Johor, Driving Honda HRV Charcoal Colour car plate could be (3553 or 5335) security doesn’t allow to take the file , too blur , i can only remember that, This person contacted me at Carousell ,mainly fishing graphic card seller in Carousell, couldn’t speak english , starting he will text in malay , He is scamming a lot of Graphic Card , Im a seller , i met him and COD at Cheras Connaught Avenue and Eko Cheras, his tactic is he will make instant transfer first , then failed, then he say he will ask his wife to change the limit , and then he will transfer you CIMB IBG GIRO transfer, and cancel it (after you leave) , i did check my bank account , money is not in, after that just in front of you he call the bank , the bank said once GIRO transfer has been made it cannot be cancel , he will ask u to snap his car plate no , but later give more excuse say that his wife drove away the car, but he came alone, im not sure is there any Black Magic ,he will keep on mentioned about his Wife he will send you the receipt and ic , he was nervous too , after he send me his ic , his uc image face was totally covered , after sending u the receipt he will quickly leave within a sec but he will delete the IC and Receipt , after the next sec you leave , so u are not able to trace him. mainly talking about mining have few farm in Seremban, and how do police trace using a thermal gun, evolving from using old bitcoin mine machine to graphic card, want to get 60 pieces, as a victim , i know that this is very stupid but I hope that no one will be the next victim after me.
5 pieces of graphic card has been scammed
rtx 3070 aorus master SN210841066018
RTX 3070 AORUS MASTER SERIES NUMBER LOST
RTX 3070 GAMING OC SN210841068841
RTX 3070 GAMING OC SN210341039296
RTX 3060 GAMING OC SN210441056468

 

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YouTube Content ID Abuse By FUGA Aggregation?

Is FUGA Aggregation committing YouTube Content ID abuse by claiming copyright for music that was provided FREE years ago?

Let’s take a look at what’s going on recently!

 

YouTube Content ID Abuse : What Is It?

Content ID abuse is a constant problem with YouTube, with copyright holders given almost complete control over what is “rightfully theirs”.

Copyright holders use the YouTube Content ID system to identify videos that contain material that belongs to them. They then have the right to :

  • file a copyright claim, to monetise your video
  • take down your video, which slaps your channel with a copyright strike

There are many problems with the Content ID system which opens it to abuse :

  • copyright holders can “take over” and monetise your video even if their content is used in a small segment, or recorded incidentally (background music, for example).
  • copyright holders do not need to prove that they own the copyright to the content they are disputing, which leads to false claims.
  • the 3 strikes rule makes it easy for unscrupulous copyright holders to extort money from YouTube channels to withdraw a copyright strike

Even the BBC highlighted the problem in 2019, sharing how a copyright holder used the YouTube copyright strike feature to extort money, while others are using the copyright claim option to unfairly take over the monetisation of videos created by other people.

 

YouTube Content ID Abuse By FUGA Aggregation?

Now, we come to the recent aggressive Content ID action by FUGA Aggregation over a piece of music called Funky Dream by Fine Haters.

Since October 2018, we have been using a free piece of background music called Clean Sheets by Trout Recording, that was provided as royalty-free music by the Facebook Sound Collection.

Obviously, we never had a single copyright claim for this music.

But starting from 10 March 2021, we started receiving copyright claims by FUGA Aggregation for our videos that used Clean Sheets.

In just 8 days, they issued 14 copyright claims for videos using Clean Sheets, claiming that it was music called Funky Dream by Fine Haters.

Naturally, we disputed their claim, stating that the music was actually Clean Sheets by Trout Recording, and even shared the link to the Facebook Sound Collection where FUGA can check our claims.

So we were really surprised when FUGA “reviewed” our dispute, and rejected it, stating that their claim was “still valid”.

So we did a quick search of Funky Dream, Fine Haters and Kobb Records, and found this video posted on YouTube on 6 March 2021 – just before FUGA started shooting out those copyright claims.

The Funky Dream music was attributed to Fine Haters, and released on 20 February 2021, and was published by Kobb Records.

Amazingly, it was a longer copy of Trout Recording’s Clean Sheets, which was undated but definitely posted in 2018 or earlier. You can download Clean Sheets, and listen for yourself here.

We cannot find any information on the musician or band known as Fine Haters, or the publisher, Kobb Records.

On the other hand, Trout Recording has both a Facebook page and a website.

 

Why We Believe This Is Content ID Abuse By FUGA

Now, both Funky Dream and Clean Sheets sound identical, so Content ID was accurate in this instance.

However, who actually owns the copyright to Funky Dream / Clean Sheets? Trout Recording or Fine Haters?

I definitely believe that Trout Recording would have a better claim, since they released Clean Sheets in 2018, if not much earlier.

But why did FUGA reject our explanation, even though we shared the evidence with them?

The YouTube copyright claim system does not require FUGA to offer us an explanation, so there’s no way to know.

At this point in time, YouTube gave us the option of appealing or replacing the song, neither of which actually works :

  • appealing gives FUGA the right to issue a takedown (with a copyright strike) if they disagree
  • replacing the music destroys the video, because it would overwrite the voice-over

So, like probably 99% of other content creators who get stuck like this – between the Devil and the deep blue sea – the best option is probably to :

  • replace the music even though it destroys the video and voice-over, just to deny FUGA the right to unfairly monetise the video.
  • edit and repost a modified video with different background music.

This is extra work that we will have to do for each and every video that uses Clean Sheets, even though it was provided as royalty-free music years ago, and there is evidence that Funky Dream is just a copy of Clean Sheets.

Ultimately, this is yet another example of how the YouTube Content ID system is being abused…

 

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Malaysia : Up to RM500K Fine + 6 Year Jail For Fake News!

Malaysia just gazetted an emergency ordinance with up to RM500,000 and up to 6 year jail time for anyone creating, spreading, financing fake news!

 

Malaysia : RM100K~RM500K Fine / Jail For Fake News!

On 11 March 2021, the Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021 was gazetted, and will come into effect the very next day – on 12 March 2021.

This new emergency ordinance includes hefty fines and even jail time for fake news on COVID-19 and the Emergency proclamation.

  • Creating, offering, publishing fake news : Up to RM 100,000 and/or up to 3 years imprisonment
  • Continuing the offence : Up to RM 1,000 per day
  • Court may require apology to person affected by the offence
  • Refusal to comply with court order to apologise : Up to RM 50,000 and/or up to 1 year imprisonment
  • Providing financial assistance for creating, offering, publishing fake news : Up to RM 500,000 and/or up to 6 years imprisonment
  • Failing to remove fake news within 24 hours of an order : Up to RM 100,000
  • Refusing to remove fake news after conviction : RM 3,000 per day

This emergency ordinance will come into effect on 12 March 2021.

 

Malaysia Fake News Fine / Jail : The Details

Here is a quick summary of critical parts of the Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021.

OFFENCES

Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021

4. (1) Any person who, by any means, with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public, creates, offers, publishes, prints, distributes, circulates or disseminates any fake news or publication containing fake news commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both, and in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit for every day during which the offence continues after conviction.

(2) The Court may, in addition to any punishment specified in subsection (1), order the person convicted of an offence under that subsection to make an apology to the person affected by the commission of the offence in the manner determined by the Court.

(3) Any convicted person who fails to comply with an order made under subsection (2) commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both.

Providing financial assistance for purpose of committing or facilitating commission of offence under section 4

5. Any person who directly or indirectly, provides or makes available financial assistance intending that the financial assistance be used, or knowing or having reasonable grounds to believe that the financial assistance will be used, in. whole or in part, for the purpose of committing or facilitating the commission of an offence under section 4, commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six years or to both.

Failing to carry out duty to remove publication containing fake news

6. (1) It shall be the duty of any person having in his possession, custody or control of any publication containing fake news to remove such publication within twenty four hours from the time a direction is given by a police officer or an authorised officer.

(2) Any person who fails to comply with the direction under subsection (1) commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand ringgit, and in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding three thousand ringgit for every day during which the offence continues after conviction.

(3) Any person affected by the direction of removal of such publication by a police officer or an authorised officer may apply to the High Court to review the direction.

 

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460 Deaths + 243,612 Injuries From COVID Vaccines In UK?

Did the UK government report 460 deaths and 243,612 injuries from COVID-19 vaccines in the latest 4 March 2021 report?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

460 Deaths + 243,612 Injuries From COVID Vaccines In UK?

Health Impact News continues to share misleading news about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the UK.

Framing it as a report, Brian Shilhavy from Health Impact News listed what appears to be a shocking list of 460 deaths and 243,612 injuries from the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in the UK.

To avoid being outright labelled as fake news, he shared the report without context, only presenting them as raw numbers.

For the COVID-19 mRNA Pfizer- BioNTech vaccine analysis they report:

  • 2033 Blood disorders including 1 death
  • 1032 Cardiac disorders including 25 deaths
  • 3 Congenital disorder
  • 713 Ear disorders
  • 10 Endocrine disorders
  • 1242 Eye disorders
  • 9360 Gastrointestinal disorders including 11 deaths
  • 26,394 General disorders including 111 deaths
  • 17 Hepatic disorders
  • 466 Immune system disorders
  • 1863 Infections including 33 deaths
  • 393 Injuries including 1 death
  • 965 Investigations
  • 525 Metabolic disorders including 1 death
  • 11,565 Muscle & tissue disorders
  • 20 Neoplasms
  • 16,107 Nervous system disorders including 14 deaths
  • 29 Pregnancy conditions including 1 death
  • 1235 Psychiatric disorders
  • 187 Renal & urinary disorders
  • 338 Reproductive & breast disorders
  • 3575 Respiratory disorders including 12 deaths
  • 6042 Skin disorders including 1 death
  • 16 Social circumstances
  • 45 Surgical & medical procedures
  • 992 Vascular disorders including 1 death

Total reactions for the COVID-19 mRNA Pfizer- BioNTech vaccine212 deaths and 85,179 injuries

 

UK Report On COVID Vaccine Deaths + Injuries : The Facts

Health Impact News basically summarised the weekly Yellow Card report from the UK MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency).

However, by omitting context about this report, the article conveys the false perception that the COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : It Was A Yellow Card Summary Report

The UK government report mentioned in the article was the weekly Yellow Card summary report (as of 21 February 2021).

As you can tell – it is released on a weekly basis, and is otherwise not special in any sense. The 21 February edition will soon be superseded by the 28 February edition.

Fact #2 : Anyone Can Report Anything On The Yellow Card Site

What Health Impact News “neglected” to mention was that ANYONE from ANYWHERE can report ANYTHING on the Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site.

You can report that the COVID-19 vaccine caused you all kinds of injuries, from giving you AIDS or brain cancer to killing you outright.

Heck, you can create a Yellow Card report even if you are NOT living in the UK, and have NOT actually received the vaccine!

Here are screenshots of us reporting that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine caused a leg fracture, that resulted in an abnormality in an unborn child!

This is how absurd the Yellow Card reporting system really is. No different from the US VAERS system really.

Fact #3 : Yellow Card Reports Are NOT Evidence Of Side Effects

Health Impact News also “neglected” to mention that Yellow Card reports are NOT evidence of actual adverse reactions.

The UK MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) which operates the Yellow Card programme stated very clearly that (with our emphasis) :

It is very important to note that a Yellow Card report does not necessarily mean the vaccine caused that reaction or event.

We ask for any suspicions to be reported, even if the reporter isn’t sure if it was caused by the vaccine. Reports to the scheme are known as suspected adverse reactions (ADRs).

Many suspected ADRs reported on a Yellow Card do not have any relation to the vaccine or medicine and it is often coincidental that they both occurred around the same time.

It is therefore important that the suspected ADRs described in this report are not interpreted as being proven side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

Fact #4 : Known Side Effects Are Mild / Inconsequential

Health Impact News also intentionally “failed to expose” the fact that the side effects of both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are mild and/or inconsequential.

Thanks to large trials involving over 100,000 people, scientists have determined that the side effects of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines for COVID-19 are mild and/or inconsequential.

The UK MHRA classified the known side effects into how commonly they occur, as follows :

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

  • Very Common : pain at injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever
  • Common : injection site swelling, redness at injection site, nausea
  • Uncommon : enlarged lymph nodes, feeling unwell
  • Rare : temporary one-sided facial drooping (Bell’s palsy)
  • Very Rare : severe allergic reaction

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

  • Very Common : tenderness, pain, warmth, redness, itching, swelling or bruising at injection site, generally felling unwell, feeling tired, chills, headache, nausea, joint pain or muscle ache
  • Common : a lump at injection site, fever, vomiting, flu-like symptoms
  • Uncommon : feeling dizzy, decreased appetite, abdominal pain, enlarged lymph nodes, sweating, itchy skin / rash

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Killed Almost 2.6 Million People… So Far

It is perplexing why Health Impact News is focusing only on the 460 “reported deaths” in the UK Yellow Card database, that have NOT been proven to be caused by the vaccine.

We should point out that as of 27 February 2021, COVID-19 has killed :

  • Almost 2.6 million people worldwide
  • Over 124,000 people in the UK

Those are real people who died from COVID-19. Real people with families who have to live with the loss.

On the other hand, the COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe, and will prevent millions of deaths from what is now a preventable disease in the UK and all around the world.

 

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Seafood Scams On Facebook : How To Detect Them!

Seafood scams on Facebook have been proliferating recently, and Facebook just doesn’t care.

So it is up to all of us to spread the word and WARN EVERYONE about these seafood scams on Facebook.

Updated @ 2021-03-07 : Added another confirmed seafood scam page and two reported bank accounts.

Originally posted @ 2021-02-14

 

Seafood Scams On Facebook : What’s Going On?

We were first alerted to the world of Facebook seafood scams by people who were cheated by Ocean Sense and East Malaysia Seafood Agent.

These Facebook seafood scam pages have a simple modus operandi :

  • offer online seafood delivery at very attractive prices and even free delivery
  • advertise on Facebook to reach out to people, and avert Facebook’s ire
  • ghost you after you deposit money into their bank accounts
  • delete your negative comments on their Facebook page

Even though many people reported Ocean Sense and East Malaysia Seafood Agent as scam pages, Facebook declined to take action and they are STILL ACTIVE.

 

Seafood Scams On Facebook : How To Detect Them!

The problem with seafood scams on Facebook is how easily scammers create them. Even if they get banned by Facebook, they will simply create a new one.

Facebook also partly enables them to continue with their scam by ignoring reports, claiming that there is nothing on the scam pages that go against their Community Standards. Duh – as if the scammers will post on Facebook admitting that they are scammers.

So how do we detect these seafood scams on Facebook?

Step 1 : Check List Of Reported / Confirmed Seafood Scams

The first thing you should do is run a quick search online on the name of the seafood vendor. See if anyone has reported them to be a scam.

Confirmed Seafood Scams On Facebook

Multiple people have reported that these Facebook seafood vendors have cheated them :

Reported Seafood Scams On Facebook

These Facebook pages have been reported to be scam pages, but we haven’t been able to independently verify their reports :

Step 2 : Check With The Commercial Crimes Department

Next, use the Commercial Crimes Department’s website to check for bank accounts that have outstanding police reports.

For example, the CIMB 8604503834 has two outstanding police reports lodged against it.

DO NOT BANK ANY MONEY to any account flagged by the Commercial Crimes Department’s website.

Step 3 : Check List Of Reported Company + Bank Accounts

Just because a bank account has not been flagged by the Commercial Crimes Department’s website doesn’t mean it’s safe.

That’s because many people do not bother to lodge a police report, or it may be a recent scam.

Here is a list of reported company and bank accounts, which you should AVOID :

Name Bank Account
Yap Kok Keong CIMB 7635-3713-28
A&B Bintang Trading CIMB 8604-5038-34
Car Boutique Venture CIMB 8604-5267-74
GS 028 Seafood Trading CIMB 8604-5270-14
Lee Pea Ching CIMB 7075-3700-47

Step 4 : Look For An Address

Genuine seafood vendors on Facebook will share with you their address, so you can drop by and select your seafood if you wish.

But don’t just trust the address they post. Always check the address on Google Maps, and use Street View to check if the shop really exists.

Step 5 : Look For Angry Emojis

A genuine seafood vendor may have one or two angry emojis by dissatisfied customers, but scam pages will have A LOT of them.

Hover over the reaction emojis, and look at how many are positive (likes or wow), and how many are negative (angry).

Scam pages will have a lot of angry emojis because they often delete negative comments, so angry customers have only one option – show angry emojis to warn potential customers.

Step 6 : PM People With Angry Emojis

To find out for sure if this is a scam, just PM (private message) those who left an angry emoji react to the Facebook page.

That’s how we were able to confirm that Ocean Sense and East Malaysia Seafood Agent are seafood scam pages.

Step 7 : Pay Only By Credit Card / Cash On Delivery

If you are still enticed by the great offer and want to take a risk, insist on paying with a credit card, or cash on delivery.

NEVER PAY to a bank account directly, because there is simply NO PROTECTION, and NO WAY for you to get your money back.

Using a credit card protects you against fraud, because the payment is not instantly credited to the vendor.

If you did not receive the seafood you ordered, simply call up the bank and inform them. They will refund the money.

If the seafood vendor insists on a direct bank transfer and refuses even cash on delivery, it is highly likely that they are scammers.

 

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Scam Alert : Remote Control Electricity Saver!

Please WATCH OUT for this remote control electricity saver scam being promoted on Facebook and WhatsApp!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

 

Remote Control Electricity Saver On Facebook / WhatsApp

After TNB started introducing expanding the installation of the new smart digital meter, people noticed that their electricity bills shot up significantly.

This led scammers to introduce “electricity saving devices”, and the latest one is this Remote Control Electricity Saver that is being promoted on Facebook and WhatsApp.

This Remote Control Electricity Saver (超省电) claims to let you cheat the new digital electricity meter by turning it on and off remotely.

  • Only applicable for digital meter
  • No tracking on adjusting the meter
  • No evidence left to show illegal action
  • Not required to remove the current meter

It is being advertised on Facebook (with our English translation).

Alat Kawalan Jauh Penjimatan Kuasa
(Remote Control Electricity Saving Device )
-Single Phase Rm450
-Three Phase Rm750
-Warranty 1 tahun
(-Warranty 1 year)
-Free Postage

如果每个月电费是你的负担救星来啦
完全不动TMB电表,不更改原本线路,安装后,完全看不出任何破绽,用遥控开关省电…
适合于,有地住家,店面,办公室,工厂
上门安装,做好直接看效果 当天安装,当天开始节省70%或以上电费,终生使用
适合所有电表,包括旧电表,digital meter,电子表,及最新的smart meter(single phase or 3 phase meter)
最重要是换了电表,我们的系统一样能使用

If every month electricity bill is your burden
doesn’t move the TMB meter at all, doesn’t change the original line, after installation, can’t see any break at all, use remote control switch to save electricity…
is suitable for, land home, storefront, office, factory
is installed at the door, and it’s done to see the direct effect installation on the day, start saving % or more electricity bills on the same day
Earn ($) in points! Details
The most important thing is to change the electrical meter, our system is just as usable!! !!

 

Remote Control Electricity Saver : Bullshit Scam!

Electricity saving devices DO NOT WORK, period.

So if you see anyone selling them, it’s a scam. You are better off just giving your money to a charity… or to me.

Feel free to ask for my bank account number. At least, you will be supporting my work!

Now, here are the reasons why this Remote Control Electricity Saver is a scam, like all other electricity saving devices!

Reason #1 : The Videos Are So Fake

The videos they use as “evidence” are so fake. They basically shows the scammer turning the electricity meter on and off using the Remote Control Electricity Saver.

In reality, one scammer just turns an electrical appliance on and off, whenever his/her partner turns the Remote Control Electricity Saver off and on.

What does it prove? Absolutely nothing!

Reason #2 : The Device Looks Like A Piece Of Shit

These scammers do not even bother to make their Remote Control Electricity Saver look decent.

It looks like a cheap toy from the bargain bin in the 1980s – a crude black plastic box with tiny buttons and two LED lights. Something kids might pretend is a remote detonator for a toy bomb.

Reason #3 : It Doesn’t Even Pretend To Use A Capacitor

Electricity saving devices use a capacitor to improve the Power Factor* for inefficient devices like fans, fluorescent light ballast and voltage transformers.

By claiming to control the digital meter remotely, it doesn’t even pretend to use a capacitor! What it really claims to do is MAGICALLY stop the digital meter from recording your electricity usage.

* Important Note : Capacitor-based electricity saving devices are still a scam because utility companies do NOT charge residential or small business users for “reactive power” – electricity loss due to Power Factor inefficiency. So it doesn’t matter whether you improve your Power Factor or not – you are only charged for the actual power that is used, and not power that is lost.

Reason #4 : The Man Has Nothing To Do With The Scam

The scammers misappropriated a picture of Liaw San, a retiree from Kajang, making it look like he endorsed their product.

Liaw Sam gained infamy in 2014 when he was slapped with a RM 11,656 (~US$2,914) electricity bill, instead of his usual electricity bill of RM 50~RM200.

 

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Scam Alert : East Malaysia Seafood Agent On Facebook!

There is another seafood scam page on Facebook called East Malaysia Seafood Agent (海鲜海产代理 or 东马海产代理)!

Please SHARE this scam alert, and help bring down that scam page!

 

Scam Alert : East Malaysia Seafood Agent On Facebook!

Please be warned that there is another seafood scam page on Facebook called East Malaysia Seafood Agent (海鲜海产代理 or 东马海产代理)!

It is related to Ocean Sense, another seafood scam page on Facebook.

Like Ocean Sense, East Malaysia Seafood Agent offers fresh and frozen seafood at very attractive prices, with free delivery and discounts for large purchases :

Cannada lobster
加拿大波士顿龙
Sex : mix
Size : 1.5 – 6 kg per 1
Price : 78 per kg
Take over 10KG free shipping
10公斤以上包邮

Alaska King crab fresh and huge
阿拉斯加 帝王蟹
Sex : mix
Size : 2 – 5 kg per 1
Price : 88 per kg
Take over 10KG Free Shipping
10公斤以上免邮

PM and message us for more details
Contact : 016 868 6538 Ah Yap

However, one of our readers confirmed that he was cheated by this vendor, and he shared with us the details of what happened.

Noticeably, the vendor behaved very similarly to Ocean Sense, replying in PM and deleting negative comments. That’s why the page has many Angry reacts, by people who were blocked from commenting.

 

East Malaysia Seafood Agent Scam : What Happened?

This customer ordered a large quantity of lobsters and Alaska king crabs from East Malaysia Seafood Agent, and was told to bank the money to :

Yap Kok Keong
CIMB 7634-371-328

This is the EXACT SAME person and bank account for Ocean Sense!

We checked the CIMB account number with the Commercial Crimes Department’s website, which showed that no report has been lodged against it… yet.

However, it doesn’t mean it is a safe account. At least 61 people have looked up the same number.

Oddly enough, when he asked for the bank account for the company (whose SSM record he furnished above), he issued him an invoice at a different company, and told him to bank it into “his relative’s company” instead :

Car Boutique Venture
CIMB 8604-5267-74

We checked the CIMB account number with the Commercial Crimes Department’s website, which showed that no report has been lodged against it… yet.

However, it doesn’t mean it is a safe account. At least 19 people have looked up the same number.

By this time, he was very suspicious, and decided to take a small gamble.

He said that he would bank a deposit of RM 200 into that Yap Kok Keong personal account, and pay the remainder on delivery.

As expected, he never delivered the seafood and then ghosted this customer.

 

Help REPORT East Malaysia Seafood Agent On Facebook!

Even though he reported East Malaysia Seafood Agent page as a scam to Facebook, the page is still active, and the person running this page is actively deleting negative comments.

Here is how you can help prevent more people from being scammed.

Step 1 : Report To The Police!

If you are one of those who were scammed, please report to the police ASAP.

This would help get the bank accounts blacklisted, and listed in the Commercial Crimes Department’s database.

Step 2 : Publicise The Scam!

Share this article, or the news about East Malaysia Seafood Agent, with your family and friends.

Alert your community via social media – Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.

Step 3 : Report The Scam To Facebook!

Facebook is quite lax about scams. They need many people to report a page as a scam before they will even bother to take action.

So follow these steps to report the East Malaysia Seafood Agent Facebook page as a scam.

  1. Go to the East Malaysia Seafood Agent Facebook page.
  2. Tap on the … menu on the upper right corner.
  3. Select Find support or Report Page.

  1. Select Fraud or Scam and Other.
  2. Click Next.

  1. Select Report Page.

  1. Tick the I believe that this goes against Facebook’s Community Standards check box.
  2. Click on the Report button.

That’s it! You have done your part in reporting a scammer.

But for this to work, many more people must report the page as a scam. So please share this out, and get your family and friends to help report them.

Facebook is very lax, and will likely claim that the page doesn’t contravene their Community Standards. But without enough reports, they will take it more seriously.

 

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Scam Alert : Ocean Sense Seafood On Facebook!

A new seafood scam page on Facebook called Ocean Sense have already scammed several people!

Please SHARE this scam alert, and help bring down that scam page!

Note : There is a similar scam, involving the same person and bank account. See this article for more details!

 

Scam Alert : Ocean Sense Seafood On Facebook!

Please be warned that several people have allegedly been scammed by Ocean Sense – a seafood vendor on Facebook.

Ocean Sense offers fresh and frozen seafood at very attractive prices, with free delivery and discounts for large purchases :

Shipping fee 25
Take over rm300 free shipping
Take over rm500 10% discount (Each item )

Alaska king crab frozen
MYR 80 size – S (800g-1.5kg)
MYR 90 size – M (2kg -3.5kg)
MYR 100 size – L (4kg-5.5kg)
___________________________

Alaska king crab live
MYR 100 size – S (800g-1.5kg)
MYR 135 size – M (2kg-3.5kg)
MYR 170 size – L (4kg -5.5kg)
___________________________

Canada lobster live
MYR 75 size – S (1kg-2.5 kg)
MYR 85 size – M (3kg -4.5kg)
MYR 95 size – L (5kg -6.5kg)
_____________________________

Snow crab live
MYR 89 per kg 1-3kg per pic

However, several customers reported that the vendor would block them after receiving payment, and delete any negative comments on their page.

SCAMMER ALERT

“OCEAN SENSE” – seafood supplier.

Do not purchase from this vendor. It is a scam. Blocks purchasers from FB/FB messenger and mobile number after monies for orders are banked into his account.

FB business name: Ocean Sense
Vendor / Acc name: Yap Kok Keong
Payment Account: CIMB 7634-3713-28

Be careful with online purchases during this depressed period of time!

We checked the CIMB account number with the Commercial Crimes Department’s website, which showed that no report has been lodged against it… yet.

However, it doesn’t mean it is a safe account. At least 61 people have looked up the same number.

In fact, a similar East Malaysia Seafood Agent page is also using the same CIMB bank account owned by Yap Kok Keong!

Another Ocean Sense customer just shared screenshots of his interaction with the same vendor, who used a different bank account :

A&B Bintang Trading
CIMB 8604-5038-34

After paying Ocean Sense RM500, he was told that seafood he purchased would arrive at 11 AM. But there was no sign of it at 12 PM, which was when the buyer realised he was cheated.

According to the Commercial Crimes Department’s website, this CIMB bank account had two police reports lodged against it.

You should AVOID dealing with A&B Bintang Trading, and definitely DO NOT send money to CIMB 8604503834.

If you have been cheated by this company, please LODGE A REPORT at the nearest police station!

We reached out to Ocean Sense, and after some digging, they claim that they are based in Tawau, and that their customers can purchase seafood from them at this address :

Ocean Sense
1st Block, Batu 13,
Jalan Airport
91000 Balung,
Tawau,
 Sabah

Contact : Tommy Tan
Tel. : 010-775-9395

However, there is no Jalan Airport in Tawau, and Jalan Airport Baru is just an empty road leading to the Tawau Airport.

 

Help REPORT Ocean Sense Seafood On Facebook!

Even though these customers have reported Ocean Sense as a scam to Facebook, the page is still active, and the person running this page is actively deleting negative comments.

Here is how you can help prevent more people from being scammed.

Step 1 : Report To The Police!

If you are one of those who were scammed, please report to the police ASAP.

This would help get the bank accounts blacklisted, and listed in the Commercial Crimes Department’s database.

Step 2 : Publicise The Scam!

Share this article, or the news about Ocean Sense, with your family and friends.

Alert your community via social media – Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.

Step 3 : Report The Scam To Facebook!

Facebook is quite lax about scams. They need many people to report a page as a scam before they will even bother to take action.

So follow these steps to report the Ocean Sense Facebook page as a scam.

  1. Go to the Ocean Sense Facebook page.
  2. Tap on the … menu on the upper right corner.
  3. Select Find support or Report Page.

  1. Select Fraud or Scam and Other.
  2. Click Next.

  1. Select Report Page.

  1. Tick the I believe that this goes against Facebook’s Community Standards check box.
  2. Click on the Report button.

That’s it! You have done your part in reporting a scammer.

But for this to work, many more people must report the page as a scam. So please share this out, and get your family and friends to help report them.

Facebook is very lax, and will likely claim that the page doesn’t contravene their Community Standards. But without enough reports, they will take it more seriously.

 

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Beware Of AirAsia X Scam On WhatsApp!

AirAsia X is warning about a scam on WhatsApp that is trying to trick people into making payments.

Please watch out for this scam, and WARN your family and friends!

 

Beware Of AirAsia X Scam On WhatsApp!

There is a new scam on WhatsApp involving AirAsia A.

Scammers pretending to be AirAsia X are sending messages on WhatsApp, asking people to make a payment into an account allegedly belonging to a credit management company.

AirAsia X announced that neither they nor their employees are involved with that scam.

Just like banks, AirAsia X will NOT engage with customers, or solicit payments through any instant messaging apps like WhatsApp.

All official AirAsia X announcements are made through the mass media, or these official channels on social media :

Twitter: www.twitter.com/airasia
Instagram: www.instagram.com/airasia
Facebook: www.facebook.com/airasia

 

Other Scams To Watch Out For

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HUAWEI New Year Gift Scam : Don’t Click Or Share!

Watch out for the HUAWEI New Year Gift scam that’s circulating on WhatsApp!

Do NOT click or share. Just delete it, and WARN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

 

HUAWEI New Year Gift Scam : Do NOT Click Or Share!

Scammers are sending out this message on WhatsApp, claiming that HUAWEI is giving away New Year gifts.

Please do NOT click on the message, or share it. Just delete it and warn your family and friends!

 

Why This HUAWEI New Year Gift Offer Is A Scam

Let us show you why this HUAWEI New Year Gift offer (and similar offers) is just a scam.

If you spot any of these warning signs, BACK OFF and DO NOT PROCEED!

Warning Sign #1 : Not Using The Real HUAWEI Domain

A genuine HUAWEI campaign would use the real HUAWEI domain – www.huawei.com.

The use of a different domain (2021-whatsapp3w.bar) should warn you that this is not a legitimate HUAWEI website.

Warning Sign #2 : HUAWEI Does Not Give Away Free Gifts

HUAWEI is a for-profit corporation whose goal is to make money, not give it away.

They are not a charity, and will never give free gifts to celebrate a new year, or anniversary.

They only give free gifts to promote the purchase of their latest products.

Warning Sign #3 : Ridiculous Prizes

While brands may sometimes give away branded swag like a face mask, a t-shirt, or a cap; they will NEVER give away CASH as a prize.

And there is no way they would give away US$5,000 cash prizes. That’s just nuts! It should be cheaper to just give away one of their latest Mate 40 Pro smartphones.

 

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Maybank B40 Subsidy Scam : Do NOT Click Or Call!

Watch out for the new Maybank B40 subsidy scam! It is a phishing attack to gain access to your Maybank account!

Do NOT click or call. Just delete it, and WARN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

 

Maybank B40 Subsidy Scam : Do NOT Click Or Call!

Scammers are sending out this SMS claiming that Maybank (MBB) will issue the B40 subsidy after you fill in some information.

Please do NOT click on the message, or call the telephone number. Just delete it and warn your family and friends!

 

Why This Maybank B40 Subsidy Offer Is Just A Scam

Let us show you why this Maybank B40 subsidy offer (and similar offers) is just a scam.

If you spot any of these warning signs, BACK OFF and DO NOT PROCEED!

Warning Sign #1 : No Such B40 Subsidy Program

The Malaysian government has not announced any B40 subsidy program.

Neither would Maybank offer free money for the B40. It’s a bank, not a charity.

Warning Sign #2 : Bad Grammar

The bad English grammar should be a warning sign that this is not a legitimate offer.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real Maybank Domain

A genuine Maybank campaign would use the real Maybank domain – www.maybank.com.my.

The use of a different domain should warn you that this is not a legitimate Maybank website.

In fact, Google Chrome will warn you that this website is a phishing attack – to get your personal and banking information.

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You For Your Information

The banks – whether they are Maybank, Public Bank, CIMB, etc – will NEVER ask you to fill in your personal details.

Think about it – they already have your information because you have an account with them!

Even if there is a legitimate B40 subsidy programme, they only need you to log into your Maybank account. They do NOT need you to register your details again.

These scammers ask you for these details so they can use them in phishing calls, to convince you that they are really from Maybank.

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You For Your Bank Login!!!

This is a BIG warning sign. Banks will NEVER ask you for your user name and password.

If you key in this information, you are basically giving these scammers access to your Maybank account.

They will call or message you and try to get your TAC (Transaction Authorisation Code) number that is sent to your mobile number. DO NOT GIVE THAT TO THEM!

If you sent them your user name and password, please contact the bank immediately, and change your password!

 

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Tesco New Year Scam Alert : Do NOT Click / Forward!

Now that the New Year is almost here, the Tesco New Year Scam is going viral on WhatsApp!

Do NOT click on the message if you receive it. Do NOT forward it either!

Just delete it, and WARN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

 

Tesco New Year Scam Alert : Do NOT Click / Forward!

People are sharing this Tesco New Year promotion that claims to offer a gift card valued up to RM1000, but it is really nothing more than a SCAM!

Please do NOT click on the message, or forward it to anyone. Just delete it and warn your family and friends!

 

Why This Tesco New Year Offer Is Just A Scam

Let us show you why this Tesco New Year gift card offer (and similar offers) is just a scam.

If you spot any of these warning signs, BACK OFF and DO NOT PROCEED!

Warning Sign #1 : Bad Grammar

Most of these Tesco gift card scams have bad grammar (example #1, example #2), which is a big clue that this isn’t a genuine Tesco offer.

In this example, they capitalised TESCO and use the grammatically incorrect “win up to RM1000 Tesco Gift Card!

Warning Sign #2 : Offering You Free Money Or Gifts

Please do NOT be naive. Nothing is FREE in this world, much less a RM1000 gift card.

Tesco isn’t going to give you FREE money, just because it’s the new year, or their anniversary.

They are a corporation whose business is to make money, not a charity to give you free money.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real Tesco Domain

A genuine Tesco Malaysia campaign would use the real Tesco Malaysia domain – www.tesco.com.my.

Or they would run it off the official Tesco Malaysia page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TescoMY.

This scam is using a BlogSpot.com domain – which is not something any genuine company would do.

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You To Forward The Offer

No brand will insist that you must share the offer with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp.

Do not click to forward their offer to your family and friends. They will not appreciate being scammed with your help!

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You To Download + Register An App

If you click through and joined the fake survey scam, you will eventually be asked to download and register for an app.

That is VERY DANGEROUS. Never agree to download and register for any unknown app from a website.

Always download your apps from an official App Store like Google Play Store (for Android smartphones) and Apple App Store (for iPhones).

 

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Are Hackers Using Good Morning Messages To Hack You?

Are hackers using Good Morning videos, pictures and messages to hack your devices, and steal your data?

Find out what is happening, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Hackers Are Using Good Morning Messages To Hack You!

This post about Chinese hackers using Good Morning videos, pictures and messages to hack your devices, has gone viral on social media and WhatsApp :

Dear friends, please delete all welcome photos and videos in Good Morning format and the like. Read below the article to the end, which will be clear why I ask about it. From now on I will only send personally prepared greetings.

Read it all !!! Send this message urgently to as many friends as you can to stop the invasion.

Olga Nikolaevna Lawyer: Caution:
ATTENTION

For those who like to send Good Morning pictures! Good day! Good evening!

Do not send these “good” messages.

Today, Shanghai China International News sent SOS to all subscribers (this is the third reminder) that experts recommend: please do not send good morning, good night, pictures and videos,.
Reports show that hackers in China designed the images, the video is so beautiful to hide the phishing codes inside them, when everyone sends these messages, the hackers use your devices to steal personal information, such as bank card information and data to crack the phone.

It has been reported that more than 500,000 victims of fraud have already been deceived.

If you want to greet others, write your own message to protect yourself and your family and friends.

Important! Delete all greeting messages and pictures that you have on your phone for your own safety. If someone sent you such a picture, immediately remove it from the device. Malicious code takes time to deploy, so if you act immediately, no harm will be done.

Tell all your friends about this to prevent hacking.

Greet others by writing your own words, and send only images you create. The material you create yourself is completely safe. Please understand me correctly! All have credit cards attached to their phone. Everyone has a lot of contacts in their phones. You will create a threat not only to yourself, but to all the contacts that you have on your phones, your friends and acquaintances.
Take this very carefully! This is a harsh reality

ATTENTION !!!
Urgent information !!!

Some people have already restricted..!

 

Hackers Using Good Morning Messages To Hack You : Just Another Hoax!

Many of get blasted with Good Morning or Good Night messages every day from well-meaning friends and family.

While they are literally spam that clog up Facebook, Telegram and WhatsApp groups, they really do NOT allow hackers to hack your devices.

While it would be nice to see people stop this irritating practice, here are the reasons why Good Morning messages are harmless…

Fact #1 : Shanghai China International News Does Not Exist

The news organisation, Shanghai China International News, that was stated in the hoax does not exist.

Fact #2 : No Reports On Hackers Designing Good Morning Pictures + Videos

There are no reports on hackers from China or anywhere else creating these Good Morning pictures and videos.

In fact, they are mostly created by websites and Facebook pages for people to share, and hopefully attract new followers.

Fact #3 : No Fraud Involving Good Morning Messages

There has been no fraud involving Good Morning or even Good Night messages, videos or pictures.

Certainly, half a million victims of such a scam would have made front page news. Yet there is not a single report on even one case.

Fact #4 : Image-Based Malware Is Possible, But…

Digital steganography is a method by which secret messages and other data can be hidden in digital files, like a photo or a video, or even a music file.

It is also possible to embed malicious code within a Good Morning photo, but it won’t be a full-fledged malware that can execute by itself. At most, it can be used to hide the malware payload from antivirus scanners.

In January 2019, cybercriminals created an online advertisement with a script. The script itself would appear innocuous and pass any check.

However, the image itself has an “almost white” rectangle that is recognised by the script, triggering it to redirect the user to the cybercriminals’ website.

Once there, the victim is tricked into installing a Trojan disguised as an Adobe Flash Player update.

Fact #5 : Malicious Code Executes Immediately

If you accidentally download and trigger malware, it will execute immediately. It won’t wait, as the hoax message claims.

Deleting Good Morning or Good Night photos or videos will free up storage space in your phone, but it won’t prevent any malware from executing.

Also, most malware require some sort of action to trigger their execution. Generally (but not always), just downloading a malware won’t trigger it.

 

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RM399 Laguna Redang 3D2N Holiday : Bait & Switch Scam?

The Laguna Redang Island Resort is claiming that the recent RM399 offer for a 3D2N holiday at their resort is a scam!

Umance, who sold it to over 9000 people, insists it is not a scam, and is now offering a replacement deal instead.

Find out what is going on with this dispute about the RM399 holiday package between Laguna Redang Island Resort and Umance!

 

RM399 Laguna Redang 3D2N Holiday : A Umance Offer

Umance is an entrepreneur who made his name selling seafood online, but appears to be branching out into the hospitality business.

For Singles Day on 11/11, he offered a 3D2N holiday at the Laguna Redang Island Resort for only RM399 (~US$99), with 7 meals included!

 

Laguna Redang Island Resort : Umance Offer Is A Scam!

After Umance sold his RM399 holiday package to over 9000 customers, Laguna Redang Island Resort denounced him as a fraudster.

Umance has disputed this. Here is a rough timeline of what happened.

11 November @ 1:57 PM

Laguna Redang Island Resort issued a terse announcement that they do not endorse, and neither are they participating, in any third-party 11/11 event or Facebook live event.

It has come to our attention that there are companies falsely advertising for our package, we wish to clarify that Laguna Redang Island Resort do not endorse nor participate in any third party 11.11 event or Facebook live event.

11 November @ 6:31 PM

In a second announcement, Laguna Redang Island Resort did not authorise the deal, or consented to it.

Dear Valued Guest(s),

It has recently come to our attention and knowledge that there has been a deal circulating in Facebook in relation to the stays package(s) by promoting and/or selling with conditions of non-expiry permanent tickets, waiver of surcharges, under name of Laguna Redang Island Resort.

Kindly be informed that Laguna Redang Island Resort has never come to consensus in approval, authorized and/or consented to such deal or transaction.

We reserve all our rights. Any inconvenience caused is utterly regretted.

Best Regards,

Laguna Redang Island Resort

11 November

This screenshot of a bank transfer of RM 100,000 from Ricksman MS Sdn Bhd (Umance’s company) to Laguna Redang Travel was shared online, as evidence that Umance had indeed booked those rooms.

12 November @ 11:10 PM

Laguna Redang Island Resort confirmed that they received RM 100,000 on 11 November 2020.

However, they insisted that they never agreed to the deal, and asked the bank to reject and return the sum.

They also insisted that Umance was a fraudster impersonating as an agent of Laguna Redang Island Resort, and asked those who purchased it to lodge a police report.

LAGUNA REDANG ISLAND RESORT (“LAGUNA”) would like to alert the public of fraudsters pretending to be agents of LAGUNA in order to defraud the holiday makers of their money. These fraudsters will defraud the public online or through social media and impersonate as agent of LAGUNA with “attractive packages” which are obviously NOT offered by LAGUNA.

Please note that LAGUNA has no connection with such deceptive practices, and does not, under any circumstances, offered such “attractive packages” nor request anyone to transfer funds to bank accounts that are not under LAGUNA’s name.

On the recent incident circulating in Facebook in relation to an “attractive packages” offered, LAGUNA would like to alert the public that LAGUNA has no connection with such “attractive packages” nor has offered and/or authorized and/or consented to such “attractive packages”. An unauthorized sum of RM100,000.00 was banked into

LAGUNA’s bank account on 11 November 2020 without LAGUNA’s knowledge and authorization and LAGUNA had on 12 November 2020 instructed the bank to reject the receipt of the said sum of RM100,000.00 and requested the bank to remit the said sum of RM100,000.00 into the sender’s account.

For those who have conducted transaction with the suspected fraudsters, please report the matter to the police immediately as LAGUNA has lodged a police report on 11 November 2020 to protect our interest and to prevent further fraud.

 

Umance Replaces Laguna Redang with Tanjung Rhu Langkawi!

At around 5:30 PM on 14 November 2020, Umance posted a video, in which he reiterated that it was not a scam.

However, due to technical issues (likely Laguna Redang refusing his booking), he will fully refund all purchases, or replace it with a 3D2N holiday in the Tanjung Rhu Resort in Langkawi.

In a second video, he shared that the Tanjung Rhu 3D2N holiday package will be managed by Fantastic Tour Services Shd. Bhd. with these features :

  • Tanjung Rhu Resort room on a twin-sharing basis
  • includes 1 day Langkawi road tour
  • includes 3 meals x 2 days
  • no expiry date + ability to change name or date
  • free luggage bag with every 2 tickets

He also offered this Tanjung Rhu 3D2N holiday package to those who missed the earlier offer, at RM399 per person or RM798 per room.

 

Laguna Redang To Tanjung Rhu : Bait & Switch Scam?

While the Tanjung Rhu Resort offer seems like a great deal, sharp-eyed netizens pointed out that Fantastic Tour itself is offering a much better deal at only RM244 per person!

You would actually save RM355 (39%) per room if you purchase the Tanjung Rhu deal directly from Fantastic Tour Langkawi themselves, albeit without free meals and different freebies.

This makes the whole RM399 Laguna Redang holiday package look suspiciously like a bait-and-switch scam.

In such scams, customers are “baited” with an incredibly good offer, but later they will discover that what they purchased was no longer available.

That’s when the “switch” happens – you are persuaded to accept a cheaper replacement instead of a refund, or upgrade to a more expensive alternative.

While we cannot be 100% sure it is a bait-and-switch, it is interesting how fast Umance came up with the Tanjung Rhu replacement package.

Heck, he was actually in Langkawi today to record his Facebook Live video with his team, and both reps from Tanjung Rhu Resort and Fantastic Tour!

One thing’s for sure – Umance is a businessman, and businessmen don’t go into the business to lose money… Caveat emptor! Buyers beware!

 

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Scam Alert : Bank Negara Malaysia Scam Email!

Bank Negara Malaysia is warning the public about an email scam using their board member to scam victims of their money!

Find out what this Bank Negara email scam involves, and make sure you WARN your family and friends!

 

Bank Negara Malaysia Email Scam : Watch Out For It!

You may have received this email purporting to be from Chin Suit Fang, a Bank Negara Malaysia board member, and Chairman of the Board Audit Committee.

It warns you that you have just 48 hours to address an outward payment from your bank account (not necessarily RHB), or Bank Negara Malaysia will freeze your account for investigations.

Bank Negara Malaysia confirmed that this is a fake scam email, even though Chin Suit Fang is really on the Board of Directors for BNM, and that’s really her photo.

 

Bank Negara Malaysia Email Scam : Why It’s Fake

For those who want to learn more how to spot such email scams, and specifically why this Bank Negara Malaysia email is a scam, here are the details :

Tip #1 : Check The Email Address

If you check the email address, you will see that it’s from BNM.gov.my@banknegaramalaysia.onmicrosoft.com.

That is not a valid Bank Negara Malaysia email account, which always ends with @bnm.gov.my.

Tip #2 : Do You Really Have That Much Money?

It is impossible for Bank Negara Malaysia to question you over such a large transfer when you don’t have that much money in the bank in the first place!

Tip #3 : Did You Really Transfer That Much Money?

If you really have that much money, did you really transfer so much out?

First thing to do is NOT to respond to the email, or click on any link.

No, the first thing you should do is check your bank account. If there has been no such transfer, the email is evidently false.

Tip #4 : Bank Transfers Are Generally Limited To RM50K A Day

Unless you performed the transfer over-the-counter at the bank, and submitted a Bank Negara Malaysia declaration form, it is simply impossible to transfer more than RM50,000 a day.

Online transfers are limited to just RM50,000 a day, and in some cases, to just RM20,000 a day.

Tip #5 : Bank Negara Malaysia Directors Will Not Email You 

Even if you are in the habit of transferring half a million ringgit to other people (call me please?), Bank Negara Malaysia will not email you to ask you about it.

If they require you to submit documents, you can be assured that it will be by an official letter.

Even if you are a famous personality or a politically significant person, no Bank Negera Malaysia director is going to write you an email.

Do you really think it is the job of a BNM director to write demand letters?

Tip #6 : Why Would They Include Their Personal Picture?

Why on Earth would any person include their personal picture in an official email?

Heck, do YOU even include a picture of yourself in your emails to your family and friends? Of course, not!

The only reason why scammers do this is to trick you into believing that this is really an email from a Bank Negara Malaysia director.

Tip #7 : Look At The Horrendous Grammar

The email isn’t even well-written, with bad grammar and odd capitalisation of various words.

Is this the kind of email a Bank Negara Malaysia director would pen? Seriously?

No, this is the kind of English that is written by someone with a poor command of the English language.

 

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Kashi Mining Company : Fake Procurement Scam Alert!

The Kashi Mining Company has come under scrutiny for falsely using the photos of Malaysia’s Director-General of Health, as well as other notable Malaysians.

Find out what they did, and why it is a fake company website being used to scam people of their money!

 

Kashi Mining Company : Fake Company

Malaysia’s Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, publicly announced that Kashi Mining Company has falsely used his picture, listing him as their COO.

It cast a spotlight on Kashi Mining Company, that claims to be an award-winning company based in Labuan, and yet owns 5 gem mines around the world.

Their management team appears to be comprised of respectable-looking Malaysians. However, a closer look will reveal that Kashi Mining Company misappropriated photos of notable Malaysians :

  • Mohamed Lew (CEO) : That is really Mohamad Abdullah, the Senior Deputy Registrar of Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Student Affairs and Alumni Department.
  • Aidan Razif (COO) : That is really Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the Malaysia Director-General of Health.
  • Imran Sin (Managing Director) : That is really Alex Ng, Goodyear Malaysia’s Managing Director.
  • Umar Yow (Company Secretary) : That is really KM Liew, Director and Head of IT & Mobile, Samsung Malaysia.

A quick check of their company address and Google location – both slightly different locations in Labuan, showed that the company does not exist, at least at those locations.

 

Kashi Mining Company : Fake Website

The Kashi Mining Company website is not only full of bad grammar and spelling mistakes, the pictures used have also been misappropriated.

The pictures of the mining vehicles and mining operations have all been taken from companies like MEDATECH Engineering Services, MacLean Engineering, and Epiroc.

We added the scam alert overlay to avoid that screenshot from being abused. Needless to say, Kashi Mining Company does not have 250 staff manning 5 gem mines across the world.

A quick WHOIS check of their domain also reveals that this is a relatively new website, with the domain registered only in October 2019 :

Registrar : NAMECHEAP INC
Whois Server: whois.namecheap.com
Status : clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited

Registered On : 2019-10-18
Expires On : 2020-10-18

Registrant Name : WhoisGuard Protected

IP Address : 104.194.10.93
Hosting Company : HostNowNow.com

Obviously, a genuine award-winning gem mining company would not have such a new website and domain.

In addition, they would not hide their contact details using a protection service like WhoisGuard.

 

Kashi Mining Company : Fake Procurement Scam!

The truth is the Kashi Mining Company does not exist, and their website is part of a fake procurement scam.

Popular in West African countries like Benin, Cameroon, and Nigeria, these scammers offer you a chance to bid on a contract for a large quantity of their products. Gems in this case.

They will offer you extremely good prices on their products, and use fake companies with websites like Kashi Mining Company to trick you into believing that they are genuine.

A different version of the scam flips the narrative – the scammers will offer to purchase large quantities of your products, like machinery.

Whether they offer to sell or purchase, you will be asked to pay some kind of processing fee or legal fees, by government authorities or their lawyers or even transportation companies.

All you need to know is that these are SCAMMERS out to cheat you of your money.

Don’t fall for their tricks. Make sure you WARN your family and friends!

 

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INTERPOL : Alarming Rate Of COVID-19 Cyberattacks!

According to INTERPOL, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting cyberattacks at an alarming pace.

Learn more about their key findings, and what they are projecting will happen in the near future!

 

COVID-19 Pandemic : New Opportunities For Cyberattacks!

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organisations and businesses to rapidly deploy remote work systems and networks to support staff working from home

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of these new COVID-19 work-from-home normals, targeting staff of major corporations, governments and critical infrastructure to steal data and generate profits.

Online Scams + Phishing

 Threat actors have revised their usual online scams and phishing schemes. By deploying COVID-19 themed phishing emails, often impersonating government and health authorities, cybercriminals entice victims into providing their personal data and downloading malicious content.

Around two-thirds of member countries which responded to the global cybercrime survey reported a significant use of COVID-19 themes for phishing and online fraud since the outbreak.

Ransomware + DDoS

Cybercriminals are increasingly using disruptive malware against critical infrastructure and healthcare institutions, due to the potential for high impact and financial benefit.

In the first two weeks of April 2020, there was a spike in ransomware attacks by multiple threat groups which had been relatively dormant for the past few months.

Law enforcement investigations show the majority of attackers estimated quite accurately the maximum amount of ransom they could demand from targeted organisations.

Data Harvesting Malware

Taking advantage of the increased demand for medical supplies and information on COVID-19, there has been a significant increase of cybercriminals registering domain names containing keywords, such as “coronavirus” or “COVID”. These fraudulent websites underpin a wide variety of malicious activities including C2 servers, malware deployment and phishing.

From February to March 2020, a 569 per cent growth in malicious registrations, including malware and phishing and a 788 per cent growth in high-risk registrations were detected and reported to INTERPOL by a private sector partner.

Misinformation

An increasing amount of misinformation and fake news is spreading rapidly among the public. Unverified information, inadequately understood threats, and conspiracy theories have contributed to anxiety in communities and in some cases facilitated the execution of cyberattacks.

Nearly 30 per cent of countries which responded to the global cybercrime survey confirmed the circulation of false information related to COVID-19. Within a one-month period, one country reported 290 postings with the majority containing concealed malware. There are also reports of misinformation being linked to the illegal trade of fraudulent medical commodities.

Other cases of misinformation involved scams via mobile text-messages containing ‘too good to be true’ offers such as free food, special benefits, or large discounts in supermarkets. 

 

INTERPOL : Projection Of Future COVID-19 Cyberattacks

Here are INTERPOL’s projection of future COVID-19 cyberattacks :

  • A further increase in cybercrime is highly likely in the near future. Vulnerabilities related to working from home and the potential for increased financial benefit will see cybercriminals continue to ramp up their activities and develop more advanced and sophisticated modi operandi.
  • Threat actors are likely to continue proliferating coronavirus-themed online scams and phishing campaigns to leverage public concern about the pandemic.
  • Business Email Compromise schemes will also likely surge due to the economic downturn and shift in the business landscape, generating new opportunities for criminal activities.
  • When a COVID-19 vaccination is available, it is highly probable that there will be another spike in phishing related to these medical products as well as network intrusion and cyberattacks to steal data.

 

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Scam Alert : Fake SPRM Call About Company Taxes!

Please watch out for scammers who are pretending to be from SPRM calling you about company taxes!

Find out how they are trying to scam people, and WARN YOUR FAMILY + FRIENDS!

 

Scam Alert : Fake SPRM Call About Company Taxes!

Alvin was almost scammed when he received a call from a scammer pretending to be a SPRM officer :

I receive the call from this number. There was an automated message with a female voice stating that the call was from SPRM. It repeated twice, and then the call was directed to a male.

The male spoke professionally in Malay. And he claims that he is calling from SPRM. Then he didn’t mention about my name and ask is this number – 017-xxxx-xxxx my current mobile number?

When I answered yes, he said my number was registered under a company name called xxxx (PP trading Sdn Bhd I think) then he said he received a complaint.

But before he went deeper into the details he asked me to verify myself. I said why should I? I told him that if he is from government, he should have my IC number.

But out of curiosity, I gave my IC number to find out what he’s planning. He mentioned my name, “Alvin”, and he said that my company registered in Kelantan had some issues with income tax. I knew it was a scam call, and cut the call and blocked the number.

Fortunately, Alvin does not own any company, which helped him realise it was just a scam call.

But many people do, and have been, scammed by such calls, especially from government authorities like the police, SPRM or the courts.

Pretending to be someone working for the authorities makes it easier for scammers to cheat you, if you believe you might be in trouble.

Recommended : Magistrate Court SCAM ALERT! Ignore These Calls!

 

Why This SPRM Call Is Fake : The Facts

Now, there will always be people who will question us – how do you know it’s fake? Are you working for SPRM?

To these geniuses, you don’t have to work for SPRM to know that this is a scam call. And here’s why…

Fact #1 : SPRM Don’t Deal With Tax Issues

First of all, the SPRM (Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia) is the Malaysian anti-corruption agency. They will NOT call you up about tax matters involving your company.

If you or your company has tax issues, they will be handled by LHDN (Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri) – the Malaysian internal revenue board.

Fact #2 : SPRM Won’t Call You

If the SPRM has a need to obtain your company information, they will issue you an official letter detailing the documents they need.

They won’t call you on the telephone, and definitely not on your mobile number.

Fact #3 : SPRM Warned About These Scam Calls

SPRM itself issued this warning about such scam calls back on 4 June 2018 :

SURUHANJAYA Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) menasihatkan orang ramai agar berhati-hati dan tidak terpedaya sekiranya menerima panggilan telefon meragukan mendakwa daripada SPRM yang meminta beberapa maklumat peribadi termasuk butiran-butiran sulit kerana dikhuatiri ia panggilan palsu.

Ini susulan banyak aduan diterima SPRM daripada mangsa yang terpedaya dengan panggilan palsu berkenaan kebelakangan ini.

Sehubungan itu, orang ramai yang menerima panggilan meragukan ini, dinasihatkan agar terlebih dahulu mendapatkan pengesahan daripada mana-mana pejabat SPRM terdekat menerusi talian dan alamat yang dipaparkan di portal rasmi www.sprm.gov.my.

SPRM juga akan membuat laporan polis serta berharap Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) akan menyiasat panggilan palsu ini yang telah menjejaskan nama dan reputasi SPRM.

SURUHANJAYA PENCEGAHAN RASUAH MALAYSIA
PUTRAJAYA
4 JUN 2018

 

Fake SPRM Call About Company Taxes : What Should You Do?

If you receive such scam calls, whether they are from SPRM or the courts, here is what you can do :

  • hang up
  • give the scammer a piece of your mind
  • record the call and post it online to expose them
  • lodge a complaint with SPRM and the police
  • if you have free time, play along to waste their time and prevent them from scamming others

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you ever fall for this scam. Whatever you choose to do, do NOT believe for a second that you are in any trouble.

Do not give them any information about your company, bank account, etc. Certainly do not entertain any requests to transfer your money, or pay them a bribe to “solve the problem”.

And yes, please SHARE this article with your family and friends, to make sure they don’t get scammed!

 

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Scam Alert : FG Lockdown Funds Scam Exposed!

The FG Lockdown Funds scam is going viral on WhatsApp, and here is what you need to know about it!

Be sure to share this expose with your family and friends, so they won’t get cheated!

 

FG Lockdown Funds Scam : What Is It?

The FG Lockdown Funds scam is actually a number of similar scams based around the same premise – the federal government (FG) is giving away money from their COVID-19 lockdown fund.

Which federal government? The scammers created a multitude of scams, each targeting a different country.

Malaysia

FG has finally approved and have started giving out free 500 MYR Relief Funds to each citizen

Below is how to claim and get yours credit Instantly as I have just did now

http://myr.ngodataz.com/

Note : You can only claim and get credited once and it’s also limited so get your now Instantly.

India

FG has finally approved and have started giving out free Rs.5,000 Relief Funds to each citizen.

Below is how to claim and get yours credit Instantly as I have just did now

https://bit.ly/free—funds

Note : You can only claim and get credited once and it’s also limited so get your now Instantly.

Kenya

*FG* has finally approved and have started giving out free _KSh10,000_ Relief Funds to each citizen

Below is how to claim and get yours credit Instantly as I have just did now

Needless to say – they are all SCAMS.

You should NOT participate, and you should definitely NOT share the link with anyone!

 

FG Lockdown Funds Scam Exposed!

If you click on the FG Lockdown Funds link, you will be taken to a simple website with a black background. Certainly nothing which looks like an official government website.

No matter what day load this website, it will always tell you that the offer is limited until today. And there is always 1936 lockdown packages left – this figure never changes.

After going through a meaningless survey, you are asked to share this message to seven WhatsApp groups, in order to qualify for the money.

Which government initiative do you know would require you to share on WhatsApp groups? That should have been yet another clue this is just another scam.

To make it more convincing, there is a fake comment section of people claiming to have successfully received their money.

Regardless of how many times you refresh the page, the same people will always be listed and the time code and number of people never changes.

 

FG Lockdown Funds Scam : More Details

Interestingly, the logo used in all of the FG Lockdown Funds websites is the coat of arms of Nigeria.

Does this mean they were created by Nigerians? Possibly, if they used it as an Easter egg of sorts.

The domains used by these FG Lockdown Funds websites are also brand new :

  • ngodataz.com was registered on 15 June 2020
  • ramaphosafoundation.com was registered on 12 May 2020

They also have their identities protected to avoid being identified by authorities.

 

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THREE Fake CIMB Bank Call + SMS Scams!

Scammers are now targeting Malaysians with THREE fake CIMB Bank scams regarding online or credit card payments.

Please SHARE this scam alert with your family and friends, so they won’t get cheated!

 

THREE Fake CIMB Bank Call + SMS Scams!

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, many Malaysians are now purchasing more online, and paying for those purchases with their credit cards.

This has attracted scammers who are now targeting both online purchasers and credit card users. In these new scams, they are pretending to be CIMB Bank.

Scam #1 : Credit Card Payment Authorisation

In this scam, the scammers used an automated call system with the number +113818415.

After you accept the call, a pre-recorded message will ask you to verify that you have just charged RM XXXX to your credit card, with these options :

  • Press 1 to accept the charge to your credit card
  • Press 2 to speak to a CIMB bank officer

Needless to say, when you opt to speak to a bank officer (fearing that you are a victim of a hacking attempt), the scammer will now convince you to transfer your money from your bank account to the bank’s account for “safe keeping”.

There is no such thing. Banks will NEVER ask you to transfer money out of your account. If they suspect fraud, they can simply disable your credit card, and deny payment to the merchant.

Scam #2 : Outstanding Credit Card Debt

In a different version of the first scam, the automated call system used a mobile number – +6012-22452090.

This time, the pre-recorded message will inform you that you owe RM XXXX on your CIMB Bank credit card.

Again, you will be offered the opportunity to speak with a CIMB Bank officer – the scammer – who will try to convince you to pay the money into a different account, or give him / her your login details.

A real bank officer will NEVER ask you to transfer money to a different bank account, or request for your login details. If you have outstanding credit card debt, the bank will just charge you interest on it.

Scam #3 : Online Purchase Warning

Happening concurrently with the scam calls is this CIMB Bank SMS scam campaign.

You may receive something like this, which looks like a genuine SMS from CIMB Bank informing you about a charge to your credit card.

 

Of course, the mobile number – +6013-688-1813 is a dead giveaway for those who are alert. But at a glance, it looks genuine enough.

If you call the scam number – 1800-81-9767, you will be connected to the scammer, who will then try to convince you to transfer money from your bank account to a CIMB Bank account for “safe keeping”.

Just like in the first scam example, no bank will ever ask you to transfer money out of your own bank account. Even if they suspect fraud, they can simply lock your account.

And again, if they suspect your credit card has been misused, they can simply disable your credit card, and deny payment to the merchant.

 

Warn Everyone About Bank Scams!

Such scams, whether they are from CIMB Bank or any other bank, has the potential to cost the victim A LOT OF MONEY.

So please warn your family and friends about these scams. Share this article as widely as possible.

And if you receive a similar call, please report it to Maybank, Bank Negara and the police.

Here are different bank scams that you may want to be alert about :

 

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Scam Alert : Fake PS4 Promotions On Facebook!

Watch out for a new scam involving fake PS4 promotions on Facebook! At least one person has already been cheated of his money!

Please SHARE this news out, so other people won’t get cheated by this scammer!

 

Scam Alert : Fake PS4 Promotions On Facebook!

Video game store GameOn just posted about a scammer pretending to be them on Facebook, promoting these fake PS4 bundle deals :

  • PS4 Pro : RM 799 with 2 free games and 2 controllers
  • PS4 Slim : RM 699 with 2 free games and 2 controllers

 

The scammer, using the similarly sounding GameOn City, offered this fake-looking SSM company registration certificate to prove his authenticity.

GameOn apparently found out about this scam, after someone got cheated and contacted them about it.

GameOn, which is based in Petaling Jaya (not Negeri Sembilan as the GameOn City SSM certificate shows), and has been in business since 2015.

Although they did not share the full MyKad, here is what we know about this PS4 Hari Raya scammer :

  • His partial name : xxxxxrady Enggu
  • His partial MyKad : 331-08-5133
  • His mobile number : 011-2512-4387
  • His origin : He appears to be from Malim Nawar, Kampar, Perak.

But please note that this scammer can easily use a different company name, so do not assume that other PS4 offers on Facebook are genuine!

 

Fake PS4 Scam : How To Avoid It?

Here are some simple steps to avoid falling for such a scam :

  • If a deal is too good to be true, it is very likely to be fake or a scam.
    The real PS4 Pro bundle costs RM 2,399 – how can it possibly be sold for just RM 799, which is just ⅓ of the price?
  • Real companies will not post up their SSM certificates. Only those who need to convince you that they are legit.
  • Never transfer money to anyone’s personal bank account.
  • Purchase only from legitimate companies / online stores. Not through WhatsApp or Facebook.

 

Sony PS4 Pro | PS4 Slim : Where To Buy?

If you are looking to buy the PS4 Pro or PS4 Slim, here are some genuine online stores (prices accurate as of 19 May 2020) :

 

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GrabPay Scam : Don’t Link Your Debit Card / Bank Account!

Beware of a new GrabPay scam that can quickly suck your debit cards and bank account dry!

Don’t link your debit card or bank account with GrabPay, and SHARE this warning with your family and friends!

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : Don’t Link Your Bank Account!

On 16 May 2020, Muhammad Syahir recounted how he was cheated of almost RM 900 through a GrayPay scam. Here is a brief summary of what happened :

  • The scammer created a new Instagram account, pretending to be the victim’s friend.
  • He messaged the victim asking for his phone number.
  • After receiving the victim’s phone number, he messaged him through Instagram to tell him about the GrabPay 8th Anniversary Campaign.
  • The victim was asked to look out for a GrabPay code, which would reveal what he won.

  • After sending the GrabPay code (not a TAC code) to the scammer, the victim saw RM 425 being debited into his GrabPay account. Unbeknownst to him, that money was from his own bank account!
  • A few minutes later, the victim received a notification that the RM 425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN. BHD.
  • The scammer messaged him again on Instagram, asking for a second code that was sent to the victim.
  • The victim then received another notification from GrabPay stating that another RM 425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN. BHD.
  • After that, the scammer blocked the victim on Instagram. That was when the victim got suspicious.
  • When the victim checked his bank account, he discovered that he lost RM 896.30 to the scammer.
  • In total, the scammer made 5 withdrawals through GrabPay – four from his debit card, and one from his bank account.

Another person – Patrick Saw – also fell for the same GrabPay scam, losing RM 405.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : GrabPay Flaws?

Muhammad Syahir highlighted what he felt were major flaws with GrabPay :

  1. GrabPay allows credit / debit card transactions without CVV verification or OTP from the bank.
  2. GrabPay will not notify you about any first-time login attempt of a different gadget in a different location.
  3. GrabPay does not require users to set-up a secured PIN for any big transactions – e.g. more than RM100.
  4. If your bank account is linked to your GrabPay e-wallet, there won’t be any SMS notification for bank transfers to your e-wallet.

According to his experience, the scammer only needed to use the Grab Activation Code to withdraw money from all bank accounts / debit cards linked to your GrabPay app.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : How To Avoid It?

To avoid falling prey to such a scam, here is what you should do :

  • NEVER accept a friendship request from a new social media account, until you have verified with your friend (through a phone call or face-to-face) that he/she created that new account.
  • NEVER send any code you receive to anyone. Even if it is a friend, why does he/she need the code that was sent to YOU?
  • Businesses will never give away free money for anniversaries. Don’t fall for such an old trick!
  • NEVER link your debit card or bank account to an e-wallet. Only link a credit card, because they are insured and protected against fraud. If you get scammed, you can call the bank to ask for a refund.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : Original Post + Police Report

Here was what Muhammad Syahir posted earlier, together with his police report :

SCAM ALERT VIA GRAB PAY!
It happened to me last night and I have lost almost RM1K in a few minutes via Grab Pay.

The incident happened when one of my close friends re-created a new Instagram account and requested to follow me. He messaged me and asked for my phone number via Instagram message. Without any doubt, I gave him my phone number, knowing that he probably has lost my phone number.

He posted a few photos to his newly-created Instagram account so it does not look like a phishing account.

After that, he sent another message to me about GrabPay 8th year special campaign. He was telling me that I will send a message with a code to your phone and please let me know the code and I will see what you have won.

Grab Activation Code was sent to my phone number. It was an activation code not TAC code. I gave the activation code to him without any doubt because I know that he is my friend. Also, I was thinking of this is just an activation code, it has nothing to do with my bank accounts.

The tricks started here. I saw RM425 was debited to my GrabPay account and I did not know that it was from my bank account which was linked to the GrabPay account. After a few minutes, I received a new notification from the GrabPay that RM425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN BHD.

The scammer then messaged me again on Instagram. Another activation code was sent to your phone, please let me know the code. Then, I have received another notification from GrabPay that another RM425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN BHD.

When I was about to reply him a message, he blocked me up. That was the time that I know something fishy has happened. When I checked my Maybank2u, I have lost a total amount of RM896.30 from my bank account. The scammer has cleared all the money in my bank account and left RM60 balance to my GrabPay.

The scammer did a total of 5 transactions as you can see from my GrabPay activity picture below. 4 transactions were made directly via debit card which is linked to my GrabPay account and 1 transaction was made via Maybank2u. The scammer even managed to access my Maybank2u account from the GrabPay account.

It happened to me in a blink of an eye where you were blinded by this scammer who cat fished your close friend to do this scam.

On top of that, let me highlight the flaws of the GrabPay app:

1) Grab allows credit/debit card transaction without the bank’s authorization OTP and also the CVV verification.
2) Grab does not notify the user via email for any first-time login attempts of different gadgets in different location.
3) Upon registering this app for the past few years, Grab did not put a clause for the users to mandatorily set up their secured pin for any big transactions that are more than RM100.
4) Your bank account that is linked to your GrabPay will not notify you via sms for any debit transaction from the bank to the GrabPay.

*The scammer just need the Grab Activation Code and he can take all the money from your linked bank accounts on the Grab app. Such a flaw app!

Please be aware of this scam and help me to share this news. I have also tag a person who has faced the same case last week. You may also check on his Facebook profile. Patrick Saw has lost RM405 from the scammer who has approached him the same way as mine.

 

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Fact Check : Kim Yo Jong Confirms Kim Jong Un Is Dead

Did Kim Yo Jong just confirm that her brother and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is dead, with LIVE videos of his funeral?

Find out what’s going on, and if it’s true that Kim Jong Un is dead.

 

Claim : Kim Yo Jong Confirms Kim Jong Un Is Dead

Just hours ago, a Kim Yo Jong Facebook page started sharing videos of what it claimed were scenes from Kim Jong Un’s funeral.

Here are the comments that accompanied those videos :

Live My Brother North Korea Kim Jong Un Is Dead. RIP Kim Jong UN

Live North Korea State TV announces the death of leader Kim Jong UN

EXCLUSIVE: Kim Jong Un funeral scenes

Kim Jong Funeral 

 

Our Verdict : Utter Bullshit

Now, we do not know if Kim Jong Un is dead or alive … but Kim Yo Jong definitely did not confirm that her brother is dead.

  • that Facebook page does not belong to Kim Yo Jong
  • the videos are NOT live streams from North Korea
  • the Kaheva video was recorded 5 days ago
  • the funeral videos were from Kim Jong Il’s funeral in December 2011

This Facebook page was likely created to farm Facebook Likes and Follows. Last we checked, it had 22K Likes and 50K Follows.

The admins can later sell the Page to someone else to rename and reuse for other purposes.

To maximise their efforts, they created at least two other Pages with similar content – Hantavirus and Trending Today USA – both new pages.

Please DO NOT LIKE / FOLLOW such pages! And please DO NOT SHARE their posts!

 

Kim Yo Jong Confirms Kim Jong Un Is Dead : Hoax Debunked!

For those who are thinking to themselves, “How do you know it’s fake? You were NOT there!“, here are the reasons why we know for sure…

Fact #1 : Facebook Is Blocked In North Korea

Let’s start with this – North Korea has blocked access to Facebook since April 2016, exactly four years ago.

Okay, you may be thinking – surely, Kim Yo Jong would have access to Facebook, right? Please continue…

Fact #2 : No North Korean Leader Has A Facebook Page

No North Korean leader has ever created a Facebook page, not even Kim Yo Jong. North Korea has no official presence on Facebook.

Fact #3 : That Page Was Created Just Hours Ago!

At the time of writing, the Kim Yo Jong page was created a mere 10 hours ago, and use old, existing photos as the profile and cover photos.

Fact #4 : None Of The Videos Were Live Streamed

Despite mentioning that the videos were live, the page admins posted the first two videos directly.

They later re-released this video of Kaheva (actually recorded 5 days ago) saying that Kim Jong Un is likely dead, from her analysis.

Is it possible for the North Koreans to go back in time to post a live recording that was recorded 4 hours later?

The admins then looped the other video clips, and streamed them to Facebook Live, so they would have the red Live icon, making them look more authentic.

However, if you watch the Live videos, you will realise that it’s the same clip on a loop. A real live video would not do that.

Fact #5 : The Videos Are Of Kim Jong Il’s Funeral!

The four video clips posted or shared on the page were of Kim Jong Il’s state funeral from December 2011.

Here is a screenshot of the original video, showing Kim Jong Un at his father’s funeral.

And when people posted links to the original videos to dispute the claim, the Kim Yo Jong page admins quickly banned them. I literally saw it happen LIVE…

Fact #6 : Impossible For So Many Live Streams From North Korea

At the time we posted this article, three new Facebook Pages – Kim Jo Yong, Hantavirus and Trending Today USA – have posted Live videos of Kim Jong Un’s alleged funeral.

Do you actually believe that it is possible for THREE different persons in North Korea to record the funeral live and stream it on Facebook Live, which is banned and blocked in North Korea?

Fact #7 : His Name Is Kim Jong-un

It is odd for his own sister, or any North Korean citizen or official, to repeatedly mistype his name.

His name is Kim Jong-un, not Kim Jong Un, not Kim Jong UN, not Kim Jong.

 

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Ji Shan Foundation : New Charity Scam Exposed!

Ji Shan Foundation is yet another fake charity misusing photos of sick children and a sob story to CHEAT you of your hard-earned money!

Please help us TAKE THEM DOWN, and SHARE THIS ARTICLE so others won’t get cheated too!

 

Ji Shan Foundation Charity Scam

Ji Shan Foundation is a charity scam that recently posted this fake call for contributions :

[My sister and brother are suffering from leukaemia] [Complications from a cold] [#DuringMCO, cannot give up no matter how difficult] [Treatment costs are urgent and families cannot support]

Those who wish to donate can donate the money to your dad’s account:
Name: Sim Zhi Yew (Shen Zhiyao)
CIMB BANK : 【7073855324】

Patient Profile:
Name: Shen Jiaqi [7 years old] Shen Zihao [5 years old] Gender: Female / male
Address: Kelantan
Condition: Acute lymphocyte leukemia

Note : We added the Scam overlay to avoid further abuse of the picture.

 

Ji Shan Foundation Charity Scam Exposed!

This scam is actually an old RECYCLED scam. It was first posted in March 2019, the same day the Ji Shan Foundation Facebook page was created.

At that time, the Ji Shan Foundation scam urged people to donate to a different “father” – Chai Kok Weng, with a different set of photos.

That same scam was updated on 16 April 2020 to change the name of the benefactor to Sim Zhi Yew, with a different bank account!

Ji Shan Foundation STOLE the photos from Lim Ek who posted those photos on 4 December 2019.

As you can see in his post, his two children were admitted to the Parkcity Medical Centre for Influenza A (H1N1), not leukaemia.

 

 

Sim Zhi Yew + Chai Kok Weng : Known Charity Scammers

Both Sim Zhi Yew and Chai Kok Weng have been reported as charity scammers for some time now.

They are currently in the list of 79 reported charity scammers in Malaysia, with the following bank accounts.

  • Sim Zhi Yew : Public Bank 6482344412CIMB 7073855324
  • Chai Kok Weng : RHB 10809800162232

Recommended : Charity Scam : Current List Of 79 Reported Scammers!

 

Ji Shan Foundation Charity : REPORT THEM!

Despite people reporting the Ji Shan Foundation charity page for over a year now, Facebook has left them alone.

It looks like it will take A LOT of people reporting them before Facebook will do anything. You can help take them down by reporting their page as Fraud or scam :

 

Charity Scam : How To Avoid It?

While many of us want to help people in need, you should NEVER send money to a charity that you have not first verified to be a genuine charity.

You should certainly NOT send money to any person, without first confirming that he/she really needs the money for that critical surgery or medication.

It doesn’t matter if you are just sending a small token sum. Even ringgit / dollar you send them quickly becomes a substantial amount, and worse, encourages them to create new charity scams.

In Malaysia, you can also use this Commercial Crime Investigations Division page* to check if a bank account number or telephone number has been reported to the Royal Malaysian Police.

* However, please note that the CCID database is not comprehensive, because scammers can easily change their bank accounts and telephone numbers. Also, many victims are unaware they were scammed, and thus never reported them to the police.

The safest thing to do is NOT to send anyone money. Visit them directly to ascertain their authenticity, and donate directly to them.

 

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Fact Check : McDonald’s Malaysia Voucher Giveaway!

Is McDonald’s Malaysia giving away a gift voucher to those who participate in a simple survey?

Find out if this is a genuine offer by McDonald’s Malaysia!

 

McDonald’s Malaysia Voucher Giveaway?

A Facebook page called McDonald’s_MY started advertising a voucher giveaway to celebrate McDonald’s Malaysia’s 38th anniversary.

Hello Malaysia

McDonald’s priority is our customers.McDonald’s completed 38 years and hear some McDonald’s vouchers so simply visit hear () and enjoy yourfood.

Enjoy your free McDonald’s food.

Join us now  https://forms.gle/xxxxxxx and enjoy your food at your place. Get your food when you want where you want

Here is the screenshot of the advertisement, which we placed a SCAM overlay to avoid further misuse.

 

McDonald’s Malaysia Voucher Giveaway : Just Another Scam!

This McDonald’s Malaysia voucher giveaway is just another scam, which the real McDonald’s Malaysia confirmed earlier :

This is what we recommend you do :

  1. Share this article with your family and friends, so they won’t get cheated.
  2. Click on the advertisement as many times as you can. This will help use up the ad budget they set for the ad campaign.
  3. Report the fake Google survey, by clicking here, and selecting Spam, malware or “phishing” (fake login)
  4. Report the advertisement, by clicking on the menu icon on the upper right side, and selecting Report ad.

 

McDonald’s Malaysia Voucher Giveaway : Exposing The Scam!

Okay, for those of you who are interested to know the details of this scam, here are the facts…

Fake McDonald’s Malaysia Facebook Page

If you go to its Facebook page, you will note that the name is off – McDonald’s_MY. Also, the page appears to have been created on 7 April 2020.

Compare that to the real McDonald’s Malaysia page (@My.McDonalds) which has a blue verified check mark. You can also see that over 80 million people liked this page.

Fake McDonald’s Malaysia Survey

The survey isn’t the scam. It is the decoy. It’s to trick you into thinking this is a real offer.

The bad grammar should be an obvious clue, as well as using mcd as a short form for McDonald’s Malaysia.

After you click Submit, you will be taken to this page, where you will be redirected to an outside website, where the real scam lies.

The bit.ly link is a shortened link that leaks you to a my.12xlwin7.net page. This is when the real scam starts…

If you proceed, you will be submitting your details to the scammers and their sponsors, which appears to include UNICEF, Your Voice Malaysia and Job-Central Malaysia.

You will also be asked many questions, including your telephone number, your location, and whether you have credit card, etc.

They will also try to trick you into allowing myxlwin to send you push notifications, presumably advertisements from their sponsors.

And after answering many questions, you will be asked to click on four ad banners, in order to get a chance to win a McDonald’s voucher.

As you can probably tell by now, this is just a scam to

  • obtain your personal details, with your permission to give them to their sponsors,
  • conduct a survey for their sponsors,
  • receive your permission to send you more advertisements,
  • trick you into clicking on their sponsor’s advertisements.

Ultimately, you are not going to get any voucher. So don’t waste your time. THIS IS A SCAM, PERIOD!

 

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Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) : Watch Out For Scam SMS!

Anxious about getting the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) cash assistance? Watch out for fake SMS messages from scammers trying to gain access to your bank accounts!

 

Bantuan Prihatin Nasional : What Is BPN?

The Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) is a one-time cash assistance by the Malaysian government to help citizens take on the COVID-19 crisis.

It gives singles up to RM 800, and families up to RM 1,600 in cash assistance, depending on their circumstances :

Single Income
RM 2,000 or less
Household Income
RM 4,000 or less
Single Income
RM 2,001 to RM 4,000
Household Income
RM 4,001 to RM 8,000
Total BPN
Cash Assistance
RM 800 RM 1,600 RM 500 RM 1,000
Payments April : RM 500
May : RM 300
April : RM 1,000
May : RM 600
April : RM 250
May : RM 250
April : RM 500
May : RM 500
No Application
Required
Preapproved
for BSP
Preapproved
for BSP
Registered
with LHDN
Registered
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Payment
Method
Directedly to bank account
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Directedly to bank account
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Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) SMS Scam

Malaysians are, no doubt, eager to get the BPN cash assistance, which is why the website for checking their status was inaccessible for days.

So the government announced that they would inform those who qualify by SMS messages instead.

Scammers quickly latched onto that idea, and started sending out these FAKE SMS messages, asking for banking information to send the cash assistance.

Check out these examples, and note how they would ask for your banking login and password!

 

Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) SMS Scam Debunked!

Never Give Anyone Your Login ID Or Password!

First of all, always remember the golden rule of online safety :

NEVER GIVE ANYONE YOUR LOGIN ID / PASSWORD / TAC NUMBER!

No legitimate organisation, not even your bank or the government, will EVER ask you for your login ID or password or TAC number.

If you ever receive a message, even from what appears to be a trustworthy friend or a representative of the government or your bank, asking for any of those information, JUST IGNORE IT.

The Official SMS Is Only A Notification

The Malaysian government will only send an SMS message to those who qualify for Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN).

If you do not meet the requirements, you will never receive such a notification. This is what the official BPN SMS looks like.

It states very clearly that :

You qualify to receive the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN). Payments will be made on April and May 2020. You do not need to check your status or make any applications.

Only Two Valid SMS Numbers

LHDN issued a notification that they will only use two SMS numbers 62000 and 63833 to send you BPN messages.

If you receive BPN-related messages from any other number, please IGNORE THEM.

The Money Goes Directly Into Your Bank Account

If you have already registered your bank account with the Malaysian Income Tax Department (LHDN), or the government’s BSP (Bantuan Sara Hidup) program, the money will go directly into your bank account.

You do not have to contact LHDN or anyone. They will certainly not ask you for your bank login details. Easy peasy!

 

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  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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