Cops Warn Public to Beware New Phone Scam

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Many falling victims to conmen impersonating as police.

  • At least 50 reports on phone scam in last two months
  • Scammers tell victims they were in trouble with the law for accident cases, outstanding summonses
  • Victims usually pressured until they become scared and finally give in to the scammers’ demands, including transferring money
  • Scammers work in a group, transferring victims’ calls to different persons claiming to be “higher ranking police officers”
  •  Contact the nearest police station if you receive such calls

Police have received 54 reports related to attempts to cheat the public of money, believed to be masterminded by a syndicate masquerading as a policeman from a police station in Shah Alam.

Shah Alam police chief ACP Shafien Mamat said 34 reports were received last month, while for this month, 20 reports had been received as of Nov 28.

In all the reports, he said the victims claimed that they received a call from a man claiming to be a police officer on duty at Taman Sri Muda Police Station in Section 25 here.

He said the caller then told that the victims that they had several police cases, including being implicated in accident cases and court cases, and had to pay some money to settle the cases.

“I want to emphasise that it is not a police procedure to contact the public to resolve a case, and if anyone receives such a call it is advisable not to continue the conversation and immediately lodge a police report,” Shafien told reporters yesterday.

So far, he said they had yet to receive any reports of loss of money from victims who had received the phone calls.