QuickCheck: Was a retiree tricked by an ATM card swap in Banting?

THERE have been many reports nowadays of innocent people falling prey to elaborate scams by professional syndicates who have become increasingly creative in their schemes. The victims, particularly elderly folks, are duped for millions of ringgit via elaborate love scams, investment scams and job scams orchestrated by an anonymous scammers who trick them into giving them money. Even those waiting to draw cash at the ATM aren't safe as one retiree in Banting apparently found out.

Is it true that an elderly man lost a considerable amount of money after scammers swapped his ATM card for theirs?



On Monday (March 27), a 62-year-old elderly retiree reported to the Kuala Langat district police headquarters that his ATM card had been swapped and used by unknown scammers while at an ATM centre in Banting.

The incident occurred when the elderly man's card got stuck in the ATM machine and a random man walked in to help get it unstuck.

"The elderly man received the card back without any trouble, until he stopped by at another ATM centre two days later to withdraw money and found the card was not his," said Kuala Langat OCPD Supt Ahmad Ridhwan Mohd Nor @ Saleh in a statement.

"The elderly man realised his bank account had recorded multiple transactions at different locations and immediately made a police report.

During the course of their investigation, Supt Ahmad Ridhwan said the police gathered CCTV footage of a man and woman believed to be a local husband and wife using the stolen ATM card to purchase a premium smartphone from a shop in Klang.

"The suspects are now being investigated under Section 4 of the Computer Crime Act 1997 where they can receive a fine of RM25,000 or imprisoned for not more than three years or both," he said, adding that efforts have been made to track them down.


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