Retired civil servant loses RM129,000 to phone scam


KLUANG: A retired civil servant has lost over RM129,000 after falling prey to a phone scam here.

Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Bahrin Mohd Noh said police received a report from the 66-year-old man on Tuesday (June 11).

"On June 5, the victim received a call from an individual claiming to be from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), who told him to call a 'police officer' from Bukit Aman.

"The 'officer' then told the victim that he was among suspects involved in money laundering and drug cases and that his bank accounts will be frozen," he said in a statement here on Thursday (June 13).

ACP Bahrin said the scammer then told the victim to give his banking details, allegedly to assist in the investigation by the audit department and Bank Negara.

"He was also told to transfer all the money he has in other banks to one bank account, and to leave the money there from June 5 until June 7.

"He later felt that something was amiss and decided to check with the bank where he found that someone else had been transferring his money without his knowledge," he said.

He added that a total of 15 transactions involving RM129,720 were made without the victim's knowledge.

ACP Bahrin said that case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

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