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Published: Saturday April 19, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 19, 2014 MYT 8:38:34 AM

Retiree falls for phone scam

JOHOR BARU: A retiree fell prey to a phone scam syndicate after a man claiming to be a police officer told him to transfer his money into another account.

Chee Yun Wah, 53, received a call from an ‘Insp Wong’ from Bukit Aman at around 9.20am on November last year and was told that police had to freeze his bank account due to investigations into a money laundering case in Hong Kong.

“He told me to head to the nearest bank, which was in Permas Jaya, to transfer my savings temporarily into another account,” Chee said during a press conference organised by Johor MCA public complaints bureau on Thursday.

When he arrived at the bank two hours later, he called up ‘Insp Wong’, who gave him the account number where the money should be transferred to.

“He remained on the line and guided me through the whole process, as I told him that I have never transferred funds using the ATM before.

“I did everything he told me as he said if I did not cooperate with police, I would be thrown into jail for a day.

“I only realised I had been conned after a bank officer tapped me on my arm to ask me if I was alright but the money had already been banked in,” he said.

Chee said that he immediately crossed the road to the police station nearby to lodge a police report and alerted the bank about the incident.

”I would like to remind the public not to be gullible like me and risk losing an ever larger sum of money,” he said.

Johor MCA complaints bureau chief Kua Song Tuck reminded the public to contact the police to verify such calls and not take matters into their own hands by transacting money into a third-party account.

When contacted, Johor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ismail Yatim urged the public not to be gullible as the police would never release information about commercial cases over the phone.

”However, people have fallen for such scams despite being reminded over and over again about these syndicates,” he said.

Tags / Keywords: Southern & Eastern Region, Family & Community, scam, con, Hong Kong, commercial crime, Bukit Aman

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