SIBU: Naivety causes a 45-year-old local man to be cheated of RM9,976 in a Macau Scam.
According to Sibu police chief ACP Zulkipli Suhaili, in a statement yesterday, a police report was lodged by the victim on Thursday (Aug 18) claiming that he was contacted by an unknown number who claimed to be an officer from HSBC bank Kuala Lumpur on Aug 12.
The officer claimed that the victim had arrears of credit card usage which the victim denied as he had never applied for a credit card with HSBC.
However, according to Zulkipli, later the victim’s call line was connected to Bank Negara.
“Bank Negara has requested for the victim’s banking information to investigate the victim’s account.
“As the victim believed that the call was from Bank Negara, he had then disclosed his Maybank banking information including the username, password, and TAC number received.
“The next day the victim checked his account and found that there had been two transactions totalling RM9,976 to an unidentified account.
“It was then that the victim realised that the call received from the previous day was from a ‘scammer’.
Zulkipli urged the public to always be vigilant and not be easily deceived by the tricks and tricks of ‘scammers’.
“Never panic and follow the instructions given by the caller without first checking and contacting the police or relevant financial institutions.
“Avoid answering any calls that ask for personal information, especially regarding bank accounts.
“Share the situation or get an opinion from family members, acquaintances and authorities if you receive a call asking for account information, payment, or money transfer,” he said.
Any advice and questions related to a commercial crime can be referred to the CCID Scam Response Centre at 03-26101559 or 03-26101599 follow the Facebook page @CyberCrimeAlertRMP @JSJKPDRM
Also, check the verification of bank accounts and phone numbers that are in doubt via the website http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/