Civil servant falls prey to false identity scam, loses RM150,600

JOHOR BARU: A civil servant lost RM150,600 after being conned by members of a scam syndicate impersonating a courier service worker and a police officer.

North Johor Baru OCPD Asst Comm Balveer Singh Mahindar Singh said a 46-year-old woman received a call from a “courier service employee” who claimed to have a package containing her personal belongings last Friday.

He said the call was then transferred to a “police officer” who accused her of being involved in money laundering and threatened to arrest her.

“The victim was instructed to make payments by pawning her jewellery to resolve the alleged case.

“She made 34 online transfers totalling RM150,600 to four different accounts before finally filing a police report (on Saturday),” he said in a statement yesterday, Bernama reported.

In JEMPOL, Negri Sembilan, an insurance agent fell prey to an online car purchase scam, incurring a loss of RM41,964.

Jempol OCPD Supt Hoo Chang Hook said the 42-year-old man from Bahau had lodged a police report that he had been in communication via WhatsApp with an individual from a company regarding the purchase of a car advertised on Facebook.

“The complainant agreed to purchase a car for RM62,500. Between May 2 and 8, he made 16 online transfers for the sum of RM41,964.62 to eight different accounts,” he said in a statement yesterday.

“The complainant lodged another police report yesterday due to concern for his family’s safety. This was after he was also asked to make a payment of RM6,000 to a lawyer on May 9 but started receiving threats from an individual named ‘Mr Lim’ when he refused to comply,” said Supt Hoo.

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