Kuching engineer fleeced of RM182k as Yomaex online investment scam claims another victim

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KUCHING, Oct 12: An engineer in Kuching lost RM182,000 to a Yomaex online investment fraud. According to a statement of Sarawak Police Commissioner Dato Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri, the engineer who is in his early 30s, met a woman by the name of “Lucky” on Facebook in May 2023 who introduced him to cryptocurrency investment through membership in a WhatsApp chat group. After joining the said chat group, the victim was contacted by a Mr Lim who was supposedly a Yomaex manager, who informed the victim that Yomaex was a market-driven cryptocurrency investment based in the United States of America. Convinced Yomaex was a legitimate cryptocurrency investment company, the victim made nine online payments totalling RM182,000 to nine different accounts given by Mr Lim from mid-August until end of September this year. “According to the victim, in return for his investment, he did receive RM4,524 following his participation in the said scheme,” said Mohd Azman. Beginning of October, the victim contacted the suspect, requesting the withdrawal of USD375,763 (about RM1,773,601) from his Yomaex account. In response, the suspect told the victim to make an additional payment of five per cent of the amount of money he intended to withdraw. Sensing that he had been conned, the victim lodged a police report on Oct 11 for further investigation. Mohd Azman said the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code. — DayakDaily

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