- The late Muhamad Aqil’s photographs were used in social media scams on two separate occasions.
- Facebook/ Berita Harian Online Malaysia
Moving on after a loved one’s death is often painful.
For one couple, the heartbreak over their son’s passing was made worse after his death was used as a profiteering tool – not once, but twice.
In 2016, the late Muhamad Aqil Adli Muhamad Zaki was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 12, forcing him to undergo 12 chemotherapy and 10 radiotherapy sessions before his demise in July 2017, reported the New Straits Times.
However, the troubles did not end there for Muhamad Aqil’s family.
His photographs were misused as part of online donation scams on two separate occasions.
“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,” said Muhamad Aqil’s mother, Asmah Jamien.
The first incident occurred on July 5 last year when Muhamad Aqil’s photographs were published on Facebook by an account listed as a Bahasa Malaysia tabloid newspaper.
The post included a statement with a request for donations to an account belonging to “Azman”.
Muhamad Aqil’s father, Muhamad Zaki, said they had reported the incident to both the police and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
However, they were left disappointed when the account remained active.
Last Wednesday (Mar 7), the same photographs were uploaded by a fake Facebook account under the name of Berita Harian (BH) Online Malaysia.
People were asked to send donations to 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,” Asmah said.
She added that no action has been taken against the perpetrators.
She was told by the bank that the accounts could only be closed if a police investigation is initiated and when the bank is instructed to do so by the authorities.