Scammer targeting senior citizens arrested after 46 reports, over RM450k in losses

SHAH ALAM: A scammer, who targeted senior citizens using fake competitions to obtain their driver's licence as well as credit and debit cards, was arrested on Oct 17.

“Around 46 reports have been made across Selangor on this scammer," said Selangor Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) chief Asst Comm Muhammad Yazid Muhammad Yew during a press conference at the contingent headquarters here on Thursday (Oct 22).

"Losses are estimated to be around RM456,542, and we believe that he had been active since August,” he added.

Police investigations showed that the scammer would single out his victims at supermarkets, brandishing fake name cards while introducing himself as a “director” of the supermarket.

He would then inform the victims that they had just won a car and ask for their driver’s licence and debit or credit card for “insurance” purposes.

Once he had convinced his victims, the suspect would make the victims follow him to a separate location before disappearing with their cards.

The 41-year-old suspect was finally arrested in Port Klang on Oct 17 after police acted on information they gathered.

“During the arrest, 158 business cards with various supermarket chain logos were seized, as well as six driver licences we believe belonged to victims.

"Also seized were 32 ATM cards and 10 credit cards,” ACP Yazid said.

Further checks showed that the suspect had a criminal record.

“It (the offence he committed) was under Section 302, which is murder, but he was sentenced under Section 304B for causing death without any intention to cause the death. The other was for intrusion,” he said.

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