Woman falls twice for same forex scam

KUALA LUMPUR: A woman lost about RM18,000 to an investment scam in 2020 before parting with a further RM600,000 this year to the same forex investment scam which claimed it could help her recoup the losses.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the 56-year-old victim from Johor Baru had initially lost US$4,000 (RM18,725) in 2020 after investing in the forex scheme.

“In February (this year), the same company emailed the victim, claiming that they could assist her to recoup her losses.

“She was also enticed by the offer of returns of between 35% and 50%,” he told a press conference at the CCID headquarters yesterday.

Comm Ramli said the victim transferred RM619,390 to seven bank accounts to invest in the scheme.

“However, until now, she has not been able to get any of her money back.

“We are investigating under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating,” he said.

In another case, a 63-year-old woman in Brickfields, lost about RM1.2mil after being duped in a forex investment scam.

Comm Ramli said the victim saw an online advertisement of the investment scheme and clicked on a link in January.

“She was then contacted by a man claiming to be an investment chief of the scheme before being taught by a trading guru on how to invest.

“She was also instructed to download an app. Enticed by the offer of up to 30% returns, the woman transferred RM1.2mil to the company’s bank account in six transactions,” he said.

Comm Ramli also said that a 63-year-old man in Petaling Jaya lost RM1.73mil due to an investment scam.

“He too was attracted by an online advertisement.”

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