Pensioner tricked out of nearly RM500,000 by scammer


JOHOR BARU: A pensioner lost almost half a million ringgits after falling prey to a scam in Macau last year.

The head of Johor’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Assistant Comm Amran Md Jusin, said the 58-year-old received a call in July from an unknown number and the caller got presented as an insurance agent.

“The suspect told her that her personal information had been used for an insurance claim involving an accident. The victim was then linked to a certain “Sarjan Azman”.

“He told her that she was involved in money laundering and drug trafficking and that a warrant for her arrest had been issued by the police,” he said in a statement on Tuesday 18 January.

ACP Amran added that “Sarjan Azman” then pretended to offer help to the victim and asked him to open a new bank account.

“He told her to give him all the details and access to the new account. He also told the victim to register a phone number he provided for the Transaction Authorization Code (TAC).

“He then asked her to transfer all the money from her other bank accounts to the new account, saying it was all part of the investigation.

“She was also not allowed to check the account balance and cautioned against telling anyone as they said it could disrupt the investigation,” he said. he declares.

This month, the victim finally broke her silence and told her husband about the incident when she realized she had been scammed.

“The realization came after she checked the bank account and found that RM484,305 had gone missing without her knowledge,” ACP Amran said.

The case is being investigated under Article 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

“We would like to remind the public not to panic when receiving such calls from unknown numbers. Be calm and take the time to verify the information given by the stranger.

“The public is also advised to use police-provided services such as Semak Mule, CCID Scam Response Centre, CCID Infoline and the police’s Commercial Crime Facebook page for information relating to these crimes,” he said. he declared.

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