Educator loses RM81,133 after bogus inspector instructed her to download app

An assistant teacher lost RM81,133 in a scam where an impostor claimed she was involved in a money laundering case. — fotoBERNAMA

An assistant teacher has been cheated of RM81,133 by an impostor who asked her to download an application on her handphone, purportedly to facilitate investigation into a money laundering case.

Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said that on Sunday, the 35-year-old victim received a call from a woman, supposedly from the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), saying she had tax arrears of more than one year.

The call was then transferred to a man claiming to be an inspector from the Pahang state police headquarters.

"The inspector alleged that the victim’s identity card had been used to open a bank account suspected to have been linked to money laundering activities. The man claimed that he could help the victim lodge a police report if she shared her personal particulars.

"The victim was given a link to download an application for investigation purposes, apart from being asked to make an appeal to the higher up in CCID to settle the case, ” he told reporters here today.

Mohd Wazir said the assistant teacher also shared the details of four of her savings accounts including one at Tabung Haji with the ‘inspector’ for fear of being prosecuted if she refused to cooperate.

Two days later she realised that something was amiss when she found that the man’s telephone was listed as belonging to a scammer on the Whoscall app.

"After failing to access her bank accounts online, she checked with the banks and discovered that many withdrawals had been made without her knowledge, ” he added.

Mohd Wazir said the woman then lodged a police report yesterday, and police are investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which provides for a maximum jail term of 10 years, whipping and fine on conviction.

He advised the people not to reveal their personal particulars to any individuals, including those claiming to be from enforcement agencies, over the telephone. – Bernama

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