Housewife scammed RM136k by phone syndicate in Penang

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  • Wednesday, 14 Oct 2020

KEPALA BATAS: A housewife, who is in her 70s, has lost RM136,000 after being allegedly deceived by a phone scam syndicate on Tuesday (Oct 13).

The woman received a phone call from a man, who introduced himself as an employee from a post office in Kuala Lumpur, saying that he has an identity card and eight ATM cards with him.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the victim was later connected to a call to Johor Police Headquarters and talked to an “Inspector”.

“The investigating officer informed the victim that she was involved in selling a bank account to a Chinese man for RM10,000, and the victim had received RM23mil for doing so.

"The inspector told the victim that this case is still under investigation and requested that she do not inform anyone, as she is a suspect in the case and asked her to give her full cooperation," he said in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 14).

He added that the victim was shocked and scared when she received the information.

“Without thinking too much, she followed the Inspector's instructions by making money transactions through an ATM at the nearest branch to a bank account provided.

“The victim made seven transactions into four bank accounts amounting to RM136,000.

“She was then told that the money that she banked in was to check if her money was related to crime cases, ” he said.

ACP Noorzainy added that the woman realised that she might be a victim of a fraudulent syndicate and made a police report.

“The police advise the public to always be vigilant and not easily be deceived by the syndicate’s tricks.

“Do not panic and follow the instructions given by the unknown caller blindly, but instead contact the police or related organisation for any confirmation.

“Do not reveal your personal information such as bank account number, ATM card number or credit card number to unknown individuals.

“The case is investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, ” he said.

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