SEREMBAN: The police are again advising people to be wary of telephone scams after a 21-year old student was cheated of almost RM100,000.
Negri Sembilan commercial crime chief Supt Aibee Ab Ghani said the number of such cases have continued to spike despite repeated reminders from the police.
"Please do not entertain any calls asking for details of your bank account. Just cut the call," he said.
He said as of June 16 this year, 127 cases involving a sum of almost RM3.7mil had been reported in the state alone.
Sixty suspects have been arrested.
The number of cases reported in the corresponding period last year was 72, and involved losses amounting to almost RM1.6mil. The police also arrested 35 suspects.
Supt Aibee said in the latest case, the student from Taman Merpati here received a call from a man who identified himself as Zuhaimi around 1pm on Tuesday (June 16).
"The caller told the student that she was a suspect in a money-laundering case involving a foreign bank account.
"The call was then transferred to one 'Sgt Pozlan', who then transferred it to an 'officer' who identified himself as Muhammad Redza," he said.
The "officer" then asked the victim for her bank account details and requested the transaction authorisation code or TAC once she received them.
He said the victim then gave the “officer” the TAC about 23 times and later discovered that her savings, totalling RM99,040, had been moved to unidentified bank accounts.
The victim then lodged a police report.
Supt Aibee said investigations showed that the phone number used by the caller was also used in two other cases involving losses totalling RM6,750.
The phone number used by Muhammad Redza was also found to have been used in five other cases involving a sum of RM30,459.
Supt Aibee advised the people not to surrender their ATM cards or the PIN to anyone.
"Your account can be used by syndicates involved in such scams.The account holder will be held responsible for any transactions conducted using his account," he added.