The New Straits Times Press (NSTP) has made a police report regarding a bogus donation drive under the name of the New Straits Times (NST), which was recently disseminated through WhatsApp.
Several individuals had reached out to NSTP after they were contacted by certain individuals claiming to represent the company, who said that they are collecting funds through the sale of dining tables, purportedly for a dinner ceremony which was allegedly organised by NSTP in Kuala Lumpur. According to NSTP, the said individual demanded a sum of RM550 to purchase a dining table for the said dinner and had asked that the amount to be deposited into his personal Maybank account.
“The police report was made to protect the credibility of the NST newspaper and that of NSTP, as the company is not organising any dinner ceremony as claimed, neither did it appoint any individual to represent the company in order to solicit funds,” NSTP said in a statement. It also urged the public not to be misconstrued with the said message, as well as to not implicate its bogus content with the newspaper.
Time and again, brands and their CEOs have been a target of such scams and false ads. Earlier this month, Grab filed a police report on false ads and articles online linked to its co-founder and CEO Anthony Tan. A Grab spokesperson told A+M previously that recent ads and articles circulating online claim that Tan endorses cryptocurrency ventures and get-rich-quick schemes.
In May this year, billionaire Peter Lim was also featured on a Carousell listing that promoted a “new secret investment” endorsed by him. According to an article by The Straits Times, the listing included screenshots of a fake article by ST and included other logos of other Singapore Press Holdings’ publications such as The New Paper and The Business Times under “as seen on”.
Meanwhile, AirAsia’s group CEO Tony Fernandes was also embroiled in fake news, with “misleading sponsored content” claiming that he launched a new financial tech platform Crypto Revolt. Last year, AirAsia also issued a statement denying claims that Fernandes had left AirAsia to enter the financial tech industry.
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