KUANTAN: A former security guard lost RM17,950 after being duped into investing in a non-existent old coin business for almost a year.
Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the victim, 56, claimed the suspect had contacted him through social media on July 22 last year.
“He said the suspect then asked for his phone number and lured him into investing in an old coin business. He then transferred RM600 into the suspect’s account.
“However, the suspect continued asking the victim to deposit a sum of money into several other accounts, prompting the victim to get suspicious and lodge a police report,” he said yesterday.
Supt Mohd Wazir said investigations under Section 420 of the Penal Code were ongoing.
In another case, Supt Mohd Wazir said a senior citizen lost RM58,400 of her savings to the Macau scam syndicate, which had duped her into believing that she was involved in drug and money-laundering cases.
The 62-year-old woman said she was contacted by the suspect, who allegedly worked at a mail courier company in Kuala Lumpur, on May 29 claiming there was a notice of unpaid tax on her name.
“The call was allegedly transferred to a police station in Sabah and the victim was
told that the case was solved, but she was involved in a more serious case and needed to talk to ‘ASP Yong’ from Bukit Aman.“The victim said ‘ASP Yong’ gave assurance that the case would be settled on the condition that the victim keep it a secret and transfer a sum of money to the given account number as bail payment,” he said.
Supt Mohd Wazir said the woman made 14 transfer transactions to the account before she realised she had been duped.
He also called on the public not to fall easily for any such scams.
“If in doubt, call the bank or the police before making any fund transfer transaction,” he added. — Bernama