BALIK PULAU: A 76-year-old woman here lost RM1.84mil to conmen in a phone scam.
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A. Anbalagan the woman initially received a call, supposedly from a courier services company, saying a parcel she had sent out contained illegal items.
"In June, a customer service representative from the company called the victim, informing her that the parcel she sent out contained an identification card and eight ATM cards.
"A 'policeman' then spoke to her and said they suspected she was involved in a RM1.48mil money-laundering syndicate.
"Out of fear, she complied with his instructions, including depositing RM1.84mil in five transactions in July.
"Some of the money was inherited, some raised from pawning off jewellery and some she borrowed from her siblings.
"When she ran out of money, she sought help from her son who suspected something amiss and lodged a police report," said Supt Anbalagan.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
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