Around RM1.2 million were transferred into accounts operated by scammers after they convinced an unsuspecting victim that she was involved in a money-laundering case.
District OCPD Asst Comm Mohammad Azlin Sadari said that the victim, a woman in her 50s who works for an investment company in Kuala Lumpur, received a call from an unknown number on Oct 5.
“The person introduced herself as an officer from the Kuala Terrenganu courts. The victim was told that somebody had used her name for a private loan.
“Her call was transferred to an ‘investigating officer” after the victim denied ever making the loan,” he said when contacted today.
ACP Mohammad Azlin said the victim was told that her name and IC number was implicated in a money-laundering case, with transactions worth RM1.48 million.
“She panicked and followed instructions to make an account for money transfer purposes. The victim then transferred RM1.2 million (from her savings) to four different bank accounts between Oct 5 to 10.
“All transactions were done over the counter, and she only realised that she had been duped after her husband contacted her,” he said.
Investigations are still ongoing. – The Star