Mechanic loses life savings after transferring money to 'Bank Negara' on scammer's instructions

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  • Saturday, 14 Sep 2019

KUANTAN (Bernama): A mechanic lost his life savings totalling RM27,400 on Friday (Sept 13) after he transferred the money to an account purportedly belonging to Bank Negara, on the instructions of a scammer posing as a police officer.

The 39-year-old had received a call at 8.50am Friday by a man who had identified himself as an "Inspector Raja Afiq", who proceeded to interrogate him on the phone in connection with drug and money laundering activities that the victim was allegedly involved in.

The scammer had questioned the victim on the amount of money in his savings account, after which the latter was instructed to transfer the funds to an account purported to belong to "Bank Negara", for the purpose of facilitating investigations into the case involving the victim, said Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department head Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof Saturday (Sept 14).

The victim lodged a police report yesterday after he was told by the scammer that he needed to pay more money to settle the "case", despite having transferred RM27,400 through a total of 20 online transactions.

Investigations in connection with Section 420 of the Penal Code are underway, said Mohd Wazir, who added that police were also investigating a case in which a factory supervisor had reported that scrap and other metal weighing a total of 10 tonnes and estimated to be worth RM20,000 had gone missing.

The supervisor told police that the factory’s 26-year-old security guard had the key to the access gate to the area where the metal had been stored. - Bernama

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