Another day, another falls victim to a phone scam

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  • Friday, 18 Sep 2020

SEREMBAN: A 48-year-old woman lost almost RM210,000 in yet another phone scam here.

State commercial crime chief Supt Aibee Ab Ghani said the victim received a call purportedly from a bank employee in the Klang Valley on Thursday (Sept 17), alleging that the victim had defaulted on her credit card payment.

The victim, who works in a private firm, denied this and the caller told her that the call would be transferred to Bank Negara.

"The bank employee told her that the call was being transferred to Bank Negara so that she could lodge a report if it was true that she did not have any credit card dues.

"After the so-called Bank Negara call, the line was again transferred to what was supposedly the commercial crime department at a police station," he said.

Supt Aibee said the victim then spoke with one “Inspector Yap” who asked for her ATM card details.

He also asked her to forward her OTP (one-time-password) and the victim complied.

"After the call ended, the victim checked her bank account and found that RM99,998.75 from her personal account had been withdrawn.

"Another RM109,997.50 in a joint account she had with her sister was also missing," he said, adding that the victim then lodged a police report.

The matter is being probed under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating. Offenders can be jailed up to 10 years, whipped and fined upon conviction.

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