MELAKA: Melaka police are still hot on the trail of a man who calls himself "Datuk Wazir" who has been cheating the public by misusing the name of the police force.
Melaka Commercial Crimes chief Supt E. Sundra Rajan said "Datuk Wazir" has been deceiving people by using the same modus operandi despite being on the top of the police wanted list.
"He often claims to be an officer with the rank of Asst Comm (ACP) from the Pahang police headquarters," he said on Monday (March 1).
He added the fraudster was alleged to have conned 14 victims since 2019 with cumulative losses totalling RM492,950.
"We will arrest him sooner or later including all his accomplices," he said.
Supt Sundra said in the latest scam,"Datuk Wazir" managed to siphon RM40,000 from a 33-year-old sub-contractor.
He said the victim from Sungai Udang here was first intimidated by the conman by falsely accusing him of not settling RM40,000 in default to the Inland Revenue Board and also for allegedly being involved in crime.
Supt Sundra said the fraudster asked the victim to reveal his bank details if he wished not to be arrested and also for investigation purposes into money-laundering charges against the latter.
The victim, he said, was also ordered to submit his Transaction Authorisation Code (TAC).
The victim gave the TAC number to the conman, but he became suspicious when he received a message from the bank saying that there was a transaction made in his account.
Supt Sundra said a police report was lodged by the victim on Feb 27 and the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
"Those receiving calls from any suspicious
parties should first check the phone number and bank account number given by the conman at https://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/, " he added.