Johor police: ‘Datuk Seri’ woman behind forex scam

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Police have identified another foreign exchange (forex) syndicate, involving a woman claiming to have a “Datuk Seri” title, who was allegedly misusing the name of the Johor crown prince.

Johor police chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said a document, bearing the signature of the woman, was being distributed.

It claimed the woman had received the mandate from Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim to carry out US currency exchanges, worth anywhere between US$200 billion and US$5 trillion.

Ayob Khan said investigations showed the business involved the account of another Malaysian man.

“Checks with www.istiadat.gov.my found that the individual has not been awarded the Datuk Seri title.

Bernama

“She was also a suspect in a Bank of Tokyo draft scam in 2011.

“Checks on the man, who was involved as proxy, showed he is a lawyer,” he said in a statement.

Ayob Khan said the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property. Those found guilty can be jailed up to 10 years, caned and fined.

He advised the public to remain vigilant when dealing with individuals claiming to have links with the Johor palace. – FMT