Clerk loses over RM700,000 in online forex scam

PORT DICKSON: A 39-year-old clerk here has been cheated of almost RM715,000 in an online foreign exchange scam.

District police chief Supt Aidi Sham Mohamed said the victim began investing in the foreign exchange scheme in January last year after being introduced by a friend.

“The victim made her investments in US dollars via an application she had downloaded and a website.

“She made profits on several occasions but did not receive any returns since April this year,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (June 23).

Supt Aidi Sham said the woman had banked the money into 21 individual accounts and another belonging to a company from April to June this year via 45 transactions.

He said the victim lodged a report on June 19 after realising that she had been duped.

“We would like to advise the public not to be easily influenced by investment schemes on social media which promise high returns.

“You can always check with Bank Negara if these schemes are legitimate or otherwise,” he said.

He added that police were probing the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

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