BALIK PULAU: A former bank officer here lost more than RM160,000 after he was duped into believing that he was involved in money-laundering activities.
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A.Anbalagan said the 65-year-old retiree received a call allegedly from "PosLaju" on June 4 at about 8am and was told that there was a package waiting for him at the post office.
"According to the victim, the caller informed him that the package contained one MyKad and five ATM cards, before the call was allegedly connected to a police station in Sabah.
"The victim spoke to a man claiming to be a police officer who informed him that he was involved in a money-laundering case," he said in a statement Friday (July 17).
Supt Anbalagan said the "police officer" then transferred the call to another man who identified himself as "Sarjan Chong Sin Han", who in turn asked the victim whether he had committed the offences.
"The call then was connected to another police officer 'ASP Yong' who instructed the victim to reveal his CIMB bank details so that investigations could be conducted on the money in the victim's bank account," he said.
Supt Anbalagan said on June 20, "ASP Yong" asked the victim to send his CIMB bank TAC number.
After that, the victim realised that a total of RM9999.50 of his money in the bank account had been deducted and transferred to a Maybank account number.
He said in total, the victim transferred RM167,999.50 from June 20 to July 10 to several bank accounts.
"He had also deposited the money through an ATM machine and most of the transaction receipts were thrown away as instructed by 'ASP Yong'," he said.
Supt Anbalagan said police believed the victim had been duped by a scam syndicate and advised the public not to reveal bank or personal details to anyone.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, he said.
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