SEREMBAN: Despite repeated reminders from the police to be wary of phone scams, a 39-year-old woman fell for one and lost almost RM420,000.
The victim, an executive, was contacted by “cops” who told her that she was involved in a fatal road accident and money laundering.
Negri Sembilan commercial crime chief Supt Aibee Ab Ghani said the victim first received a call from someone who identified herself as “Sjn Azliza Zaini” at around noon on May 21.
Azliza, who claimed to be from the Seremban traffic police department, accused her of being involved in an accident in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, three days earlier which had left one person dead.
When the victim insisted that she was innocent, the suspect transferred the call to what was supposedly the Seri Kembangan police station.
She was then made to speak to one “Tuan Hisham”, who then transferred the call again to one “Insp Chong Kok Sin”.
“The inspector then told the victim that she was also involved in a money-laundering case involving RM23mil.
“The call was then transferred to another police officer named Puan Yong Lei Choo,” said Supt Aibee.
Similar to other phone scams, the victim was then told to open a new bank account as the police would be investigating her existing accounts.
The victim was also told to keep the matter confidential.
On May 23, the victim withdrew money from four bank accounts and deposited a total of RM65,012 into the new bank account via ATM.
Another RM30,000 was transferred via online banking.
The remaining sum was transferred between May 24 and June 25.
Supt Aibee said on Aug 5, the victim went to the bank to update her new account and was shocked when told that the balance was only RM102.50.
She then lodged a police report.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.