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Scammers using Federal Court’s name to trick victims


PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court chief registrar’s office says a syndicate is using its name to dupe people into transferring their assets.

Chief registrar Datuk Seri Latifah Mohd Tahar said scammers used the court’s letterhead with the coat of arms and stamp before sending the fake documents via e-mail and WhatsApp.

She said they even made random calls to victims, claiming they were from the apex court.

“In the letter sent to the victims, the scammers claimed the court had issued a warrant of arrest and an order to freeze the victims’ assets under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989 and Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

“They told the victims to keep it a secret so as not to interfere with police investigations, and to transfer their assets to the National Audit Department to prove their innocence,” Latifah told a press conference yesterday.

She said the court detected the latest scam on March 5 this year.

She said the scammers would spoof the court’s general line number by telling the victims that they owed money and needed to be present in court, failing which the court would issue a warrant of arrest.

“The victims were also told to transfer their money to a third party,” she added.

The scammers used a fake letterhead titled “In the Federal Court of Malaysia” carrying the signature of Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif.

Latifah said eight police reports had been lodged by legal assistant Dora Anak Undau in Kuching for using her name in the fake documents, with another lodged by the Federal Court chief registrar office.

For details or clarification, the public can call 03-8880 3663 or e-mail komunikasikorporat@kehakiman.gov.my.

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