Cops probing if ‘lockup scam’ was inside job

MELAKA: Police here are investigating whether it was an inside job in the case where a woman was cheated of RM9,000 in a bid to secure her husband’s release from a police lockup.

Melaka Commercial Crime chief Supt E. Sundra Rajan said the victim lodged a report at the Pulau Sebang police station in Alor Gajah on Sunday after she was cheated by a so-called police officer who had promised to release her husband if she made the payment.

“Her husband was detained at the Tampin lockup for possession of contraband cigarettes, ” he said.

The name of the investigating officer in charge of her husband’s case, provided by the scammer, was found to be accurate, he said.

The victim was told to deposit money into a bank account provided by the scammer on Sunday.

After making the payment, she waited for her husband’s release but was later told by the police that she had fallen prey to a scammer, Supt Sundra said.

“Once the payment had been made, the scammer refused to answer the woman’s phone calls, ” he said, adding that there was no such things as inducements to secure release from lockups.

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