Another ‘Phone Scam’ with woman losing more than RM400,000

By Balqis Jazimah Zahari

KERIAN: A woman suffered a loss of RM459,754 after being deceived by the ‘Phone Scam’ syndicate.

Perak Police Chief, Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said that the Commercial Crime Investigation Division (BSJK) of the District Police Headquarters (IPD) recently received a police report from a 53-year-old woman claiming to be a victim of a phone scam syndicate last Saturday.

According to him, the incident took place last February where she (victim) received a phone call claiming to represent the insurance and the police, informing her that there was a false claim and a criminal case of extortion and illegal gambling involving her.

“For the purpose of the investigation, the victim was asked to transfer all the money into his account that was then disclosed to the syndicate.

“The victim realized that she had been tricked after telling her family members about this and checked her account and found that the savings had been reduced by RM459,754,” the Perak Police Chief said in a statement here today.

He said the case was investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

“The police advises the public to be more careful with all the fraudulent tactics of criminal scammers that have caused many victims to be deceived,” he said.

He said, for any related queries, the public can contact the CCID Scam Response Center at 03-26101559 or 03-26101599 or the National Scam Response Center (NSRC) at 997 or the nearest District Police Headquarters (IPD).

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