A Malaysian man who suspiciously ‘loses’ his iPhone every year was recently arrested after local authorities uncovered his fraudulent money-making scheme.
The 34-year-old marketing manager from Bukit Mertajam in Penang had reportedly been making false police reports that his iPhone gets ‘stolen’ to claim insurance money.
According to Free Malaysia Today, the unnamed suspect has been filing his fake complaints since 2013. His most recent attempt got the attention of investigators on Saturday.
The suspect filed a police report saying he was robbed of his iPhone XS Max by two men on a motorcycle outside his mother-in-law’s house near Bukit Mertajam. In the same complaint, he further claimed that the robbers also took his iPad Pro, a MacBook Pro laptop and other valuables.
Central Seberang Perai police chief Nik Ros Nik Abdul Hamid said the officers who processed his complaint discovered something dubious when they checked his records.
“When we looked into his background, we found his prior police reports, which all had a similar pattern. Every report showed he had lost an iPhone,” said Nik Ros.
Upon questioning, the man confessed that he actually sold his “missing” iPhones and MacBooks on local site lowyat.net forum.
The con artist admitted that he would reportedly sell the Apple products on the forum and later report them as lost or stolen to collect insurance. Using the insurance money, he would then buy a new iPhone and repeat the process.
“We went to his mother-in-law’s house in Kampung Baru, Bukit Mertajam, and found his MacBook Pro, which was reported stolen,” the police chief was quoted as saying.
The fraudster revealed that he used the online platform to sell the iPhone for about 5,000 Malaysian Ringgit ($1206) and his MacBook for about 6,000 MYR ($1,440).