SIBU: An insurance agent lost RM10,700 in a parcel scam after she believed that she had received a gift from a man she met through a phone call.
Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the victim, 42, was at her home in Jalan Perpati when she first received a call from a man who identified himself as "Steven Lee".
He told her that he was from China but staying in the United States.
"Throughout their conversation, both told each other of their jobs and their life.
"Then 'Lee' told her that he was interested to invest in Malaysia and would like to share the commission from the business venture if she could help him in his pursuit," he said Monday (Feb 10).
On Feb 2, Lee told the victim he would like to send her a gift.
Stanley said on the same day, the victim received a call from a "Mary Tan", allegedly from a courier company, who informed her that a parcel addressed to her had arrived at KL International Airport.
"On Feb 4, the victim made four transfers totalling RM10,700 to an account number provided by the scammer.
"The money, she was told, was to pay for customs duties.
"However, after making the payment, Tan pestered her to make more transfers.
"The victim was told to confirm with Lee on the extra payment and when she called him, she was told that he would pay her back when he arrived in Malaysia," said Stanley.
She felt something amiss and believed that she had been cheated and lodged a police report.
Stanley said the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
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