Businessman cheated of over RM150,000 in online investment scam

IPOH: A 28-year-old businessman in Hutan Melintang, near Teluk Intan, says he was cheated of over RM150,000 in a nonexistent investment deal.

Hilir Perak OCPD ACP Ahmad Adnan Basri said on Friday (April 16) that the victim received a WhatsApp message from a person known as “Yong Min San” at about 7pm on March 29 about an online investment that offered 10% returns.

“He then banked in RM500 into a bank account, and after 20 minutes he received RM550 in his account.

"The following day he deposited another RM5,000, and once again got back RM5,532," ACP Ahmad Adnan said, adding that the victim then deposited larger amounts in stages into two different bank accounts after being convinced of the “good returns”.

“On March 31, the victim deposited RM38,377, followed by RM76,000 between April 2 and April 12, to become a VIP account holder.

“However, when he said he wanted his money back, a ‘customer service officer’ of the website told him that the amount was too much and he would be taxed, ” he said.

ACP Ahmad Adnan added that the victim then banked in RM40,100 for the "tax" but did not get his money back, nor did he receive any returns.

“On April 15, the victim tried calling Yong, but the mobile number was no longer active, and he realised that he had been cheated by a scammer," he added.

He said the victim, who is from Taman Sri Iskandar, lost a total of RM154,477 to the scam.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, he added.

ACP Ahmad Adnan advised people not to fall prey to investments not registered with Bank Negara to avoid becoming victims of scams.

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