BALIK PULAU: A 27-year-old doctor was cheated of more than RM 20,000 after he received a call purportedly from the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) and the police.
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A. Anbalagan said the victim, who works at a private clinic, received a call on Oct 24 at about 1pm from a man who introduced himself as “Dato Ridzuan” from LHDN’s Kelantan office.
“The victim was at his workplace in Taman Pantai Jerejak when he took the call.
“During the call he was told that he has 18 months in tax arrears registered under his name in a company called Syarikat Umika Trading, ” he said.
Supt Anbalagan said the victim from Persiaran Bayan Indah however denied that the company was his, before the call was transferred to “Kelantan police headquarters”.
The victim then was told that he was a suspect in a drug trafficking and money laundering case.
He said the victim was informed that a deputy public prosecutor would contact him to help in his case and was told he had to cooperate with the investigation.
“On the same day at about 2pm, the victim received about 12 TAC (Transaction Authorisation Code) messages from his bank after he made several transactions.
“He then shared the TAC Code with the suspect after being told so, in order to settle his case, ” he said.
Supt Anbalagan said the victim went to a bank in Pantai Jerejak on Monday (Oct 26) to check his account and found his money totalling RM 20,168.68 was missing.
He added that the victim, realising he had been conned, then lodged a police report at the Queensbay police station later Monday.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.