By Zaki Salleh
IPOH: Although cases of online fraud crimes are often reported in the media, there are still people who are deceived by such tactics.
Most recently, a case of this fraud occurred in Taiping involving a 57-year-old woman with a loss of RM381,950.
The victim, who is a project manager of a private company, was tricked by five men who disguised themselves as policemen and couriers.
Perak Police Chief, Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said the victim initially received a call from a man claiming to be from a goods delivery company from Alor Setar, Kedah on August 18.
He said, the caller informed that there were goods sent by an unknown individual from Sarawak.
“The man informed that the package contained a credit card, an identity card chip, a credit card and 100 pieces of counterfeit money.
“However, the victim denied this before the call was connected to four other men including a police officer with the rank of ‘Dato’.
“The anxious victim was asked to reveal all her personal information including her bank account, and she was also asked to take out a personal loan of RM100,000,” he said.
The poor woman only realized she had been deceived when her money was transferred into 11 different accounts amounting to RM381,950 starting on 18 August until last September 6.
She then made a police report at the Taiping District Police Headquarters (IPD) while the case was investigated according to Section 420 of the penal code.