JOHOR BARU: A businessman here lost more than RM20,000 after falling prey to a scammer who pretended to be a court officer.
Johor Baru North OCPD Asst Comm Rupiah Abd Wahid said that the 27-year-old victim received a call from the man on Tuesday (Aug 30).
"The suspect told the victim that his MyKad number had been used by someone to register for a company in Melaka that was blacklisted.
"The victim denied giving his MyKad number to anyone else. The suspect then offered to help and told him to pay RM20,000, which he said would be returned once the matter has been resolved," she said in a statement here on Thursday (Sept 1).
She added that the victim was then told to download a so-called Bank Negara application.
"The suspect also asked the victim how many bank accounts he has as well as the amount of money he has in those accounts.
"The victim gave him the details and also filled in the details in the application, including entering his bank account number and pin and he later found that a total of RM28,000 had vanished from his account," she said.
ACP Rupiah said that the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
She advised the public to use the “Check Scammers CCID” online application or visit http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/ to check on suspicious phone numbers and avoid being a victim of such scams.