Teacher Loses RM236,300 to Delivery Syndicate Phone Scam

By: Aida Aziz

MUALLIM: A 52-year-old woman working as a teacher here suffered a loss of over RM200,000 after falling victim to a non-existent parcel delivery syndicate in August.

According to the Perak State Police Chief, Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri, the victim only became aware of the scam on Monday.

He explained that the investigation revealed that on August 30, at 9 in the morning, while at her home, the victim received a phone call, purportedly from the Melaka Pos Laju office, in which the caller identified themselves as an employee of the office.

“The first suspect accurately recited the victim’s name and address, informing her that they had an undelivered package in her name, which contained illegal and prohibited materials. The victim denied any ownership of the package.

“Subsequently, the caller directed her to make an immediate police report because someone else had used her personal information.

“The call was then allegedly transferred to the Melaka Contingent Police Headquarters.

“The victim spoke with ‘Tuan Ammar’ (the second suspect) and ‘Datuk Samsul Anwar’ (the third suspect) from the Commercial Crime Investigation Department,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

He further elaborated that the third suspect informed the victim that a CIMB bank ATM card in her name was discovered during a police raid on a criminal named ‘Ong Kai Chin,’ and an arrest warrant had been issued in her name.

“The victim was accused of selling the bank card for RM20,000 and receiving a commission of RM28,000.

“On September 1, at 11 in the morning, the victim received a call from the third suspect, inquiring about her bank account details, which she provided. The suspect then asked her to transfer RM49,000 from her Tabung Haji account to her Bank Islam account and, on September 4, transferred RM27,300 from her ASB to her Bank Islam account to facilitate the police investigation.

“On September 10, at 11 in the morning, the victim was asked to take out a personal loan from Bank Islam,” he said.

He clarified that the victim then obtained a personal loan of RM150,000, which was deposited into her Bank Islam account.

“On September 25, at 12:30 in the afternoon, the victim once again received a call from the third suspect, asking her to transfer RM10,000 from her Bank Islam account to her Maybank account as payment for legal fees for a trial scheduled for November,” he added.

Mohd Yusri stated that on Monday, October 30, the victim visited the Tanjung Malim branch of Bank Islam to conduct an inspection and discovered that all of her money, totalling RM236,300, had disappeared.

Additionally, there were several money transfer transactions to bank accounts not authorized by her.

“After this, the victim realized that she had been deceived and reported it to the police,” he said.

As a result, the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

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