Man loses hard-earned savings to scammers


MELAKA: A 34-year-old factory operator took years to save RM10,950 but lost it instantly to scammers.

Melaka commercial crimes chief Supt E. Sundra Rajan said the victim from Tiang Dua told police he had put aside a sum from his monthly salary for a few years as savings.

“The victim was emotional when he lodged a police report in Tiang Dua on April 3, hoping he can recover the loss, ” he said.

Supt Sundra Rajan said the victim was scammed following a call purportedly from the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).

“The caller told him he owed RM38,600 under a company registered with his name, ” he added.

Supt Sundra Rajan said the victim denied owning a company but was told by the caller that the police were also looking for him for a drug trafficking and money laundering case.

He said the victim was then transferred to the “Pahang police”, when an “Inspector” told him to transfer whatever money he had to another bank account.

The caller told him his savings would be returned to him once the investigation was completed.

Supt Sundra Rajan said the victim had not received any calls from the “police” after he transferred the money into the account provided by the caller.

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