The local gaming community was recently hit by a secondary PlayStation 5 market scheme that went awry which apparently led to a total loss of more than RM 1 million. As you may expect, the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (JSJK) of Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) was soon involved in the mix.
The Director of JSJK Bukit Aman, CP Mohd Kamarudin Md Din has since confirmed to Kosmo that a suspect has been remanded in Penang to assist with the investigation. The suspect was arrested after providing a statement to the police at Georgetown.
Previously, CP Kamarudin has also revealed that the police received 26 reports from all over the country concerning the case which involved an accumulative loss of RM99,468. However, the actual loss could be even higher at around RM1.5 million according to a report by MyGameOn who cited information from a private Telegram group that belonged to the victims of the scam.
At the moment, the case is currently being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code which carries several punishments including a jail term of between one to 10 years, whipping, and a fine. In case you are not aware of the situation, PlayStation 5 stocks in Malaysia is rather scarce even though it has been almost one year since the console was launched in our market.
Not only that, we expect the situation is about to get even worst as there have been rumours that Sony is planning to reduce the PS5 production due to component and logistics issues. Hence, we believe that this would not only lead to more scalpers in our market but also the rise of PS5 scams as well.
So, you may want to be extra careful and try your best to not give in to the temptations. If you want to get your hands on a PS5, keep a constant look for pre-order announcements by these authorised PlayStation retail stores or call them directly from time to time.
(Source: PDRM / Facebook.)