Another retiree loses savings to scammers

ALOR GAJAH: A pensioner’s retirement savings of close to RM195,000 disappeared after she fell prey to a scam.

Alor Gajah OCPD Supt Arshad Abu said the victim, a woman in her late 50s, was first contacted by a female caller who claimed to be a lawyer.

“The victim, who retired as a clerical assistant from a government department here, received the first call from the fraudster at 8.30pm on Dec 21 last year, claiming she was involved in a money laundering case,” he said yesterday.

Supt Arshad said that on the same day of the call, the victim was referred by the bogus lawyer to “Ampang Jaya police”, where the victim was told by an “officer” that there was an arrest warrant on her.

He said soon after the confirmation from the so-called police officer, the first caller told the victim to transfer all her savings to a bank account, and asked her to reveal the banking details so that she would be represented if legal action was initiated against her.

Supt Arshad said the victim transferred her savings to the bank account between Dec 28 last year and Jan 2 this year.

“She discovered the money was emptied from the bank account on Jan 6,” he said.

Supt Arshad said the victim only made a report at Masjid Tanah police station a few days ago.

“We have opened an investigation paper under Section 420 of the Penal Code,” he added.

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