KUALA LUMPUR, September 21 – A computer software developer suffered losses amounting to RM 1,215,600 to a scammers union in Macau after receiving a phone call from an individual posing as an agent of the IRB of the Inland Revenue Board.
Kuala Lumpur Commercial CID Deputy Chief Superintendent Tan Poh Cheok said the victim, 61, who worked at a private company, filed a police report yesterday.
âOn July 29, the complainant received a phone call from a person claiming to be from the IRB who stated that she had unpaid tax arrears and was involved in money laundering.
âThe victim was then contacted by another person claiming to be from the Melaka Police Contingent Headquarters, asking him to activate a new account for investigation. She was told to transmit all the information such as her income statement, her insurance statement, her bank statements, the employee provident fund (EPF) statement and the shares she owned, âhe said. he said in a statement today.
He said the victim was also ordered to make multiple transactions from other accounts as well as the EPF withdrawal to the new account the victim activated.
Unbeknownst to the victim, Tan said the money from the victim’s new account was transferred to several unknown accounts, except for an acknowledgment letter via WhatsApp stating that the transactions were aimed at freeze the account.
âIn total, the losses amounted to RM 1,215,600 and the case was investigated under article 420 of the Criminal Code for cheating,â he said.
He also advised members of the public not to disclose personal and banking information to unknown people and to verify first before making any transactions.
Tan also advised those with information about such criminal activity to forward the information to the Kuala Lumpur Police Hotline on 03-21460584 / 0585 or the nearest police station. – BernamaÃ¥