Jobless man owes telco RM2,000 for unknown accounts

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HE has at least eight, post-paid mobile phone numbers to his name and now, 30-year-old Lee Foon Horng has an outstanding bill of more than RM2,000 to settle.

But the problem is, Lee does not own any of the accounts.

Lee began receiving bill statements from a telco company in April, requesting him to pay up his bills.

Suspecting something was amiss, he made a police report and later referred the report to the telco company.

“They told me that they will investigate and if the accounts don’t belong to me, I don’t have to pay. But it’s been many months since then, I am yet to receive any news from them.

“The bill statements keep arriving and there are bill statements for new accounts. I also received letters from lawyers, asking me to pay up,” said the unemployed Lee at a press conference at Teratai assemblyman Jenice Lee’s office.

In 2003, Lee, who lives in Taman Kencana, Ampang, lost his wallet containing his identification card while taking a bus in the city.

In a check conducted by Jenice with the telco company referring to the four phone numbers mentioned in Lee’s police report, it was revealed that two accounts were registered under Lee’s name, while one account had no name registered and another was registered under a different name.

Jenice said the information gathered from Lee’s lost IC could have been used to open the accounts.

She added the bill statements could also be fake as the quality of paper used and printing, and some details looked suspicious compared to other bills from the same telco company.

“The bill is printed in Malay but Lee was addressed as Mr. Lee in some and Encik. Lee in others. It is not consistent and the paper quality is much thinner and the printing is not sharp.

“It could be a fake statement,” she said.

Jenice said the relevant authorities should take such problems seriously and investigate it, as many innocent people were falling victim to such frauds.

Jenice, who is also a victim of a similar case, said she was blacklisted by a service provider for having an outstanding bill of RM20, although she did not register for the account.

“A check revealed an address that I do not know of. After that I went to make a police report at the Pandan Perdana police station, but my case was taken very lightly by the police.

“They just told me that there were many cases like mine and it has to be referred to the commercial crime unit. But so far, after almost two months, nothing has been done. The police showed no sense of urgency or importance.

“It is really unfair for people to pay for hefty phone bills that do not belong to them,” said Jenice, adding that she would be writing to the police and the telco company to investigate Lee’s predicament.

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