SIBU: A businessman was duped of RM13,698 by a "customs officer" and a "police officer" in a scam on Workers' Day.
Sibu OCPD, Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit, on Thursday (May 2) said the victim was hoodwinked by the scammers to reveal his bank account ID and PIN, and this allowed them to steal his money.
He said at about 12.15pm on May 1, the victim, surnamed Kong, received a call from a man who claimed to be a customs officer.
"The victim was told by the man that there was a company, Hup Soon Trading in Terengganu, which was registered under his name and which had overdue GST of RM400,000," he added.
When the victim denied all these, the "officer" requested his phone number so that the police could help him.
ACP Stanley said at about 12.30pm on the same day, the victim received a call with the number 999096354722, supposedly from one Sergeant Tan from the Kuala Terengganu police station.
"Sergeant Tan told the victim that his name has been used for drug trafficking. From there, the line was transferred to one 'Tuan Yong', who advised the victim to transfer all his money to another account, so that his account would not be blocked for investigation," he said.
The businessman did as told, including revealing the TAC number to access his account.
However, he realised that he had being cheated when Tuan Yong asked him to reveal particulars of his other bank account.
ACP Stanley said the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.