A Head Nurse at a hospital in Teluk Intan lost RM16,000 as a result of being deceived by a fraud syndicate masquerading as the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) yesterday.
The 47-year-old victim received a call at about 1pm yesterday, allegedly from the LHDN, claiming that the woman had tax arrears amounting to RM200,000.
Hilir Perak District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Adnan Basri said, the victim denied having the arrears and the call was allegedly connected to the police to make a report.
“The victim was then asked by the syndicate to transfer the money in two bank accounts, amounting to RM10,000 and RM6,000 to the syndicate’s account.
“Supposedly to ensure that the savings are not involved in any case of money laundering,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Ahmad Adnan said the money transfer was done using internet banking.
“The victim was asked if there were any other accounts to be checked by the syndicate.
“The victim said there was another bank account but there was no money in it.
“The syndicate forced the victim to also reveal the banking information of the bank but the victim did not want to give it and continued to cut off the call because the victim felt they had been deceived,” he added.
He said the victim came to the Teluk Intan Police Station at about 9pm last night to make a report regarding the incident.
He advised people not to easily believe any unknown phone calls. Strictly speaking, any different government agency will not connect any phone calls made to the public to different agencies in the same call.
By Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali