SIBU: A timber trader lost RM33,273 after he was conned into supplying hardwood to a fictitious buyer and never received payment.
Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit (pic) said that the ordeal for the 44-year-old manager of a timber trading company started on Aug 29 when he received a WhatsApp message from the suspect.
The suspect told him that he wanted to buy 70 pieces of hardwood at a cost of RM5,230.
According to ACP Stanley, at about 1.44pm on Sept 1, the victim was told by the suspect that he had banked in the money and requested he send the order over to Sarikei.
"At 2.09pm on Sept 3, the victim was again told by the suspect that he wanted to purchase another 140 pieces of the same wood at RM9,100, ” he said.
An hour later, the victim was informed that the money had been transferred to his account. The suspect had also provided purported proof of the transfer.
The suspect made further orders for the item on Sept 6 for of 46 pieces at RM18,943.
"He (the victim) was again told that the money had been transferred to his account. He had also sent the wood to the destination provided by the suspect," said ACP Stanley.
On Sept 7, the suspect said he wanted to buy more hardwood.
"However, the victim realised that he had been cheated as he did not receive any money from the suspect," said ACP Stanley.
He added that the suspect was the same person who had used different phone numbers to cheat the victim.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.