SEREMBAN: A 57-year-old technician from Nilai near here has been conned of RM470,000 by scammers posing as Inland Revenue Board officers.
Negri Sembilan commercial crime investigation department chief Supt Aibee Ab Ghani said the victim was at work on July 7 when he received a call from a man who identified himself as a tax officer.
"The caller told the victim he was listed as the joint holder of a company bank account in Alor Star and had tax arrears totalling RM17,600.
"The victim was also told that the other 'joint account holder' had been detained," he said.
Supt Aibee said the victim was then connected to two scammers posing as a policeman and a senior officer from Alor Star.
"The duo told the victim to hand over details of his bank accounts and ATM cards for investigation.
"He was also told to forward any notifications he received on his mobile phone from the banks to a number they provided," he said.
Supt Aibee said the victim later received notifications of money being transferred out of his four bank accounts in three banks.
"On Friday (July 9), he called the banks and asked for all transfers to be stopped immediately.
"By then, RM470,000 had been withdrawn from his accounts," he said.
Upon realising that he had been scammed, the victim lodged a police report.
The case is being probed under section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.