Retiree loses RM10,000 to scam syndicate

SIBU: A retired hospital staff member lost RM10,000 to a scam syndicate over numerous illogical offences.

On Wednesday (Sept 22), the 62-year-old woman received a call from a man who identified himself as Zulkifli Mohd Adli purportedly from Telekom Malaysia headquarters. He told her that she had overdue phone bills and that she was involved in a crime.

District police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit, who confirmed the case, said the victim was told that her broadband account registered in her name was in arrears amounting to RM1,188.05.

“In addition, she was told that her phone line was used to run online gambling operations.

“After informing her about the matter, the woman was then passed on to another man named Shahrul who passed himself off as a sergeant at a police station in Negeri Sembilan.

“The woman was told that she was involved in a 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) money laundering offence with a man named Jimmy Wong, who had used her bank card to commit the crime,” he said.

Stanley added that the victim was next passed on to one Inspector Redzuan and was told to deposit RM10,000 to the National Audit Department if she wanted to solve the case and made sure that her money was not laundered.

Overwhelmed by the information, the victim panicked and drove to town to transfer RM10,000 in three transactions to an account number provided by the called.

She only realised that she had been deceived after her family told her of the scam.

Stanley said the cheating case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.