Two women lose over RM85k to scams

DSP Muhamad Rizal Alias

MUKAH: Two women here fell victims to a Macau scam, losing up to RM87,399.50 in total.

Mukah OCPD DSP Muhamad Rizal Alias said both cases were reported on Wednesday (Oct 13).

In the first case, a 36-year-old teacher lost a total of RM77,249.50.

On Oct 11 at about 11.30am, the victim received a call from an unidentified number 03-22031843.

The caller, claiming to be an officer from Bandar Baru Klang HSBC Bank, informed the victim that her credit card had arrears totalling RM11,328 due to purchase of goods online.

The victim denied this as she did not own this credit card, but the caller informed her that someone had used her identity to register the card.

The victim was later contacted by another caller, claiming to be an investigation officer from Bank Negara―one Tony Lai―via number 011-27753364.

He told her that her bank account was being investigated by the police, and then the call was handed over to one Insp Yap Chee Hoon.

This Insp Yap informed her that for investigation purposes, she needed to disclose her username, password and transaction account code (TAC) to reset the account.

The victim gave her bank details and this resulted in the transfer of money twice from her account to an unidentified account totalling RM19,999.50.

The victim was later instructed to go to the Hong Leong Bank ATM machine to transfer her money to the given account number for investigation and reset of account purposes.

She then transferred her money seven times totalling RM57,250 to Hong Leong Bank account (No. 06400114198) belonging to Nur Asnita Tah.

After making the transfer, the victim realised that she had been cheated when she was blocked from contacting Insp Yap on WhatsApp.

In the second case, a 38-year-old management assistant in Oya near here lost RM10,150 after she was conned by a money-lending advertisement scam.

On Sept 30, the victim contacted a person identified as Helmi via WhatsApp (014-2168127, 011-39603582, 014-2163147, 011-17568307, 010-7096331) to discuss about a loan.

Satisfied with the conditions, the victim  agreed to borrow RM40,000.

She was asked to transfer money three times to three different bank accounts.

The first transaction amounted to RM650 and transferred to Bank Islam account No. 10016027909567 bearing the name of Abdullah Yong Abdullah.

The second transaction (RM6,700) was transferred into Mohd Haziq Kamis’s CIMB Bank account (7637255852), and RM2,800 was transferred to Hong Leong Bank account (05051084056).

The victim lodged a police report on Oct 13 when she failed to contact Helmi.

Both cases are being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.