Late Cancer Victim’s Photo Used to Collect Donations by Unscrupulous People, Again

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A family is furious to find their late son’s photo being used in a fake Facebook account to collect money – this being the second time around.

  • Scam on Facebook seeking donations for deceased boy
  • Public asked to donate to ‘Azman’ and ‘Mrs Nurul’
  • Despite reporting to police and MCMC, account still active and unscrupulous party still getting funds

In 2016, the late Muhamad Aqil Adli Muhamad Zaki was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12, and underwent 12 chemotherapy sessions and 10 radiotherapy sessions before he succumbed to his illness on July 14 last year.

The New Straits Times reported that according to his parents, Asmah Jamien, 46, and Muhamad Zaki Mohd Nazam, 48, Aqil’s picture was uploaded in a Facebook account on July 5 last year under the name of a Bahasa Malaysia tabloid newspaper.

A statement, which accompanied the photograph then asked the public to make donations to an account belonging to ‘Azman’.

“Last Wednesday, once again my child’s photo was being uploaded. This time in a FB account under the name of Berita Harian (BH) Online Malaysia which we were told to be a fake.

“This time, members of the public are told to make donations into the account of a ‘Mrs Nurul’.

“I would like to state that my family has nothing to do with both accounts. My son is no longer with us, so we ask the people not to be duped by these false posts.

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“Just as my family is trying to get over the death of my son, unscrupulous people are using his picture in fake Facebook accounts to dupe people and profit from his demise,” Asmah was quoted saying.

Zaki said they have reported the first incident to both the police and Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission (MCMC) but were disappointed that the account was still active.

“It seems that no action has been taken and this unscrupulous party is still getting funds. I had also gone to the bank and told them about the matter.

“The bank said it could only close the accounts if the police were conducting an investigation and had instructed them to do so,” he was quoted saying.