Negeri Sembilan Commercial CID chief Supt Aibee Ab Ghani said in the incident, the 60-year-old victim was contacted by an acquaintance through Facebook who said that he had sent a package containing foreign currency to her and asked her to use it for charitable causes.
"On April 29, the victim was contacted by a ‘courier’ company personnel who asked her to pay a sum of RM3,200 for the package delivery processing into the account provided on the same day.
"The following day, the victim was again asked to pay a sum of RM8,700 by the same company as a customs duty payment and she deposited money into the same account in several transactions amounting to RM5,000, RM1,000 and RM2,700, from April 30 to May 4," he said in a statement on Thursday (July 23).
He said the victim had also deposited a sum of RM20,400 into the same account in May and June, adding that she had been told the money was to obtain the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as payment for lawyers as directed by the same company.
Supt Aibee said apart from the courier company, the victim also received a call earlier this month from a woman claiming to be an officer at a finance company asking her to pay RM13,000 as preparation to release the package's documents.
"The complainant then deposited the money into the woman's account in stages amounting to RM8,000 and RM5,000, respectively, on July 13 and 15," he said.
He said the victim was once again contacted by the courier company on July 16 who asked her to pay RM7,800 for the parcel delivery process, but the victim could not afford to pay as she had ran out of savings.
Realising that she had been a victim of a scam, Supt Aibee said the victim lodged a police report on Wednesday (July 22) at the Senawang police station and added that the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.