KLANG: Scam artists managed to convince a businesswoman she was a suspect in a money laundering scheme.
Frightened into thinking she could be arrested for a crime she did not commit, the woman did as she was told and ended up losing RM90,000.
South Klang OCPD Asst Comm Shamsul Amar Ramli said on Nov 30, the woman received a call from a man claiming to be a bank executive who told her that she had defaulted on her loan.
When she denied taking a loan from the bank, the man purportedly transferred the call to the Perak police headquarters where she was told that her details were used to apply for a bank loan.
The caller also asked the victim to read out her identification card number before telling her that she was on the police wanted list for money laundering.
The caller claimed the woman was in cahoots with another man and when she denied it, her call was transferred yet again, this time to a man claiming to be an inspector, he said.
The “inspector” added to her fears by claiming that she could be detained for 45 days if she did not cooperate with them.
Fearful, ACP Shamsul said the woman surrendered the login credentials for her online banking and her banking details.
He told the woman that she had to transfer her money for audit, adding that the funds would be returned after the investigations.
She complied with the “inspector’s” request and received a Transaction Authorisation Code (TAC) on her mobile phone which he made her read out.
This was repeated eight times, after which, the “inspector” assured her that her money would be returned at about 4pm on Dec 1, he said.
ACP Shamsul said the woman later told her neighbour who was with the South Klang police district headquarters Commercial Crimes Investigation Department about the call.
Her neighbour was suspicious and told her that she might have been a victim of an elaborate scam.
“The woman’s worst fears were confirmed when her bank called to say that she had performed nine transfer transactions to an unknown account,” said ACP Shamsul.
Police are investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property.