SEREMBAN: A 63-year-old retired teacher lost over RM250,000 in a phone scam, says state commercial crime chief Supt Aibee Ab Ghani.
He said the retiree had received a call from an individual on Sept 7 and added that the caller claimed to be an "old friend" who had moved to Liverpool in England but urgently needed money as her daughter in Miri needed to undergo surgery.
Supt Aibee said that the victim then transferred about RM40,000 into a bank account given by the caller and then received a call from the same person a few hours later saying that 10,000 pounds sterling (RM54,300) had been transferred back into her account.
"However, a short while later the victim received a call from a person claiming to be from Bank Negara who said that a sum of 100,000 pound sterling (RM543,000) had been mistakenly transferred into her account instead of 10,000 pound sterling, ” said Supt Aibee.
He said that the victim was then told to make some payments including for penalty and insurance before the entire amount could be released into her account.
Supt Aibee said the victim then transferred more than RM200,000 into several bank accounts in stages from Sept 24 to Nov 3 and added that the victim was also told that the money would be refunded to her within three weeks, but she never received it.
Upon realising that she has been duped, the victim lodged a report on Nov 16.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.