Both PLUS and Touch ‘n Go have stopped selling SmartTAG devices since 2018. But, if you’re looking to buy a new one, the company behind the technology is still selling them in a different brand called MaxTag. Recently, you might come across a Facebook ad that sells the MaxTag Raya 2022 Limited Edition for RM79.90 along with extra freebies including Raya packet and a Touch ‘n Go card. Unfortunately, this deal is fake according to the official manufacturer.
MaxTag Raya 2022 Limited Edition currently selling for RM149.90
According to MaxTag Malaysia, the RM79.90 promo is a scam, and consumers are advised to purchase the MaxTag only through their official channels such as their online store, Lazada, Shopee and PGMall. There have been several scam MaxTag Facebook pages created in the past few weeks including Max N Go and Max 2 Go. If you’re unsure if a deal is legit, you are urged to contact them on their Facebook or their official phone number (WhatsApp: 016-6681343).
According to MaxTag’s website, the Limited Raya Edition that comes in green officially retails for RM200 but they are now selling it at a promo price of RM149.90. MaxTag is offering two years warranty, one original GP battery, a bracket holder, a pocket sanitizer and 3x face masks.
MaxTag offers special price for scam victims
If you or someone you know has become a victim of such scams, MaxTag wants you to drop them a private message via Facebook and they will offer a special price for scam victims. From the comments, it appears that a number of Facebook users have paid for the RM79.90 product. Unlike the official channels, these scam Facebook pages would ask victims to PM them for further details and presumably, the transaction takes place via direct fund transfer.
As always, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Despite having a stringent ad review policy, Facebook has been allowing scam ads to run on its platform. In most cases, the ads are from Facebook pages there were created recently with very few likes or followers.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently sued Meta for failing to prevent scammers from using its Facebook platform to promote fake ads on cryptocurrency or money-making schemes. The lawsuit alleges Facebook “aided and abetted or was knowingly concerned in false or misleading conduct and representations by the advertisers.” Perhaps, it is high time for Malaysian authorities including the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to take similar action to prevent more consumers from falling victim to scam ads that Facebook makes money from.
In case you missed it, Malaysia aims to implement a barrier-free Multi Lane Free Flow (MLFF) for toll highways by 2025. Since Touch ‘n Go cards and SmartTAGs will soon be phased out for toll payments, it makes more sense for vehicle owners to transition to RFID which costs RM35 per tag. For the price of one MaxTag at RM149, you can buy four RFID tags that don’t require batteries to operate.
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