KUALA LUMPUR: As an expert in computer software, he should have been aware of the prowling crooks and better known their trickery.
However, this 61-year-old private company software developer fell for a trick pulled by scammers over the phone and lost over RM1.2 million of his savings.
The deputy head of the Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) of the Kuala Lumpur Police, Superintendent Tan Poh Cheok, said today that the man received a call on July 29 from someone claiming to be to the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) and alleged that he owed backdated taxes and was involved in money laundering activities.
He later said the victim received a call from another individual claiming to be an officer attached to the Malacca Police.
Tan said the “officer” told the victim he was on the police wanted list and ordered him to reveal his bank details.
He said the scammer also demanded other financial details such as investments in stocks and that of his Employees Provident Fund (EPF) account.
Tan said the victim was then instructed to transfer funds from his EPF account and other bank accounts to a single account accessible to crooks.
“Unbeknownst to him, RM1.21 million was transferred to unknown accounts. The victim was later informed that the transfers were made to ‘freeze’ his accounts and for investigations,” he said.
Tan said the victim filed a police report after realizing he had been scammed.