The claim about Pos Malaysia postmen not getting a bonus for Hari Raya has been exposed as a SCAM!
Here are the details of what scam was all about, and how the police caught him!
The Pos Malaysia No Bonus Scam
Malaysian netizens have been taken for another ride by yet another scammer! This time, it was a social media scam by a postman.
On 16 May 2020, pictures of a postman sitting down forlornly spread like wildfire across Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter. They all had roughly the same message (with our English translation below) :
The Facebook post that was originally posted on Masakan Utara Barat went viral, leading to a Change.org petition with over 58,000 signing it.
The Pos Malaysia No Bonus Scam Exposed!
After the pictures and post went viral, Pos Malaysia issued a statement pointing out that while parcel volume has gone up, it was not enough to cushion the impact the pandemic has caused on their overall business.
But some people were a little suspicious of the claim. According to Friends of Posmen, Pos Malaysia actually gave 23,000 of their staff a small RM 250 gratuity for Ramadan.
But what pushed a false claim on social media into a scam was when the Facebook page admins allegedly gave people the postman’s bank account for their donations.
According to Seberang Prai Central OCPD Assistant Commissioner Shafee Samad, many people sympathised with the postman and wanted to help him.
“The postman had asked the page admins to upload his picture with a caption that says he is not getting any bonus from his employer.
The page admins would then give out the postman’s bank account number to those who sympathise with him.”
When Pos Malaysia’s HR department queried the 22 year-old postman about his post, he denied his involvement and even lodged a police report to defend himself.
It was based on his own police report that the police detained him at the Seberang Perai Central police headquarters in Bandar Perda.
They also detained a 23 year-old man, and a 35 year-old woman, who were the Facebook page admins and the postman’s siblings.
According to ACP Shafee, the postman received about RM 5,000 in public donations so far, and he had already spent a portion on “personal things”.
The case, according to the Star, is now being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
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