SIBU: A female accountant caused her company to incur RM240,000 loss when scammers using a fake e-mail account tricked her into making payment for the supply of engine oil.

Sibu OCPD, ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the case happened on May 17 but the victim only lodged a police report yesterday.

He added that the 37-year-old accountant on behalf of her company had already paid their supplier for vehicle engine oil in Singapore amounting to RM240,879 on May 7 through a bank transfer.

“On May 17 she received an email from a company in Singapore telling her that they had not received the payment for the supply of engine oil,” he added.

However, the accountant failed to notice that address on the email she received was slightly different from their supplier’s by just one letter.

“The original email address is ******@gulfoil-seaasia.com while the fake one is ******@gufoil-seaasia.com which was without the letter “l”. She then made payment of RM240,000 as instructed,” Stanley said.

On May 30, when the accountant made a check on the email address from the scammer, she was shocked to notice the difference.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.