Woman cheated of RM9,000 to secure husband's release from lockup

MELAKA: Police are investigating the possibility of an inside job after a 26-year-old woman claimed she was cheated of RM9,000 in a bid to secure her husband's release from a police lockup.

State Commercial Crime chief Supt E. Sundra Rajan said the woman lodged a report on Sunday (Feb 21) after she felt cheated by a caller claiming to be a police officer and promising to release her husband if she made the payment.

"Initial investigations showed the woman's husband was actually under detention at the Tampin lockup for being in possession of contraband cigarettes," he said on Monday (Feb 22).

Supt Sundra Rajan said the scammer provided accurate information to the woman on the investigating officer in charge of her husband's case.

He said the woman was told to deposit the amount into a bank account provided by the scammer on the same day.

Supt Sundra Rajan said the victim then waited for her husband to be released but was later told by the police that she had fallen prey to a scammer.

"The scammer did not answer calls from the woman after the payment was made," he said.

Supt Sundra Rajan said that from 2019 to date, there have been 12 cheating cases using similar tactics of securing detainees' release from lockups with total losses close to RM240,000.

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