Malaysian company named in Hamburg crime probe

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 03 Sep 2003

BERLIN: Police in the north German city of Hamburg have warned the public against a Malaysian company which is allegedly conning survivors of deceased persons and relieving them of their money, reports Bernama. 

A special department of the Hamburg crime police office, dealing with cases of fraud, has cautioned the public against a Kuala Lumpur-based company whose representatives try to establish contacts with the surviving family members of dead persons. 

The modus operandi of the representatives of the Malaysian company, according to a statement released by the Hamburg crime branch, is simple: 

The survivors receive a letter marked “strictly confidential” in English, informing them that their deceased relative had deposited a suitcase containing US$3mil (RM11.4mil) with the company. 

The name of the deceased, his/her private address and the date of death are obtained by the company's representatives from the obituaries appearing in the daily newspapers published in Hamburg. 

As the “heirs,” the surviving family members are then urged to come forward and take po- 

ssession of the suitcase and send notarised identification documents and a copy of the so-called certificate of deposit to Malaysia or personally go to Malaysia in the event of any further questions. 

The statement says that several such letters have surfaced in Hamburg. 

The fraud, according to the Hamburg crime branch, lies in the fact that the recipients of the documents are required to remit in advance the costs of transferring the money, and notarisation fees or administrative charges for a copy of the non-existent certificate of deposit. 

However, it adds that it has so far not come to know of any case where a recipient of the letter has remitted the money. 

The police investigators have cautioned the public against establishing any contacts in response to the letter, and have asked recipients of such letters to contact the special section for fraudulent affairs of the Hamburg crime branch. 

Contacted by The Star, a police spokesman at Bukit Aman said Malaysian police had yet to be informed about the syndicate.  

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