Clerk loses RM255,250 to prize scam

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A clerk lost RM255,250 after she was believed to have been duped into believing she won a contest organised by a popular food company, last month.

Kedah Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Elias Omar said the 25-year-old woman had received a message through WhatsApp on April 17 informing her she had won RM3,300 in the contest.

He said the woman was then asked to deposit money to make up the value of the cheque provided by the food company.

“The victim, who did not check in advance, made 52 money transfers into eight different bank accounts via automatic teller machine and bank counters totalling RM255,250.

“She started to feel suspicious and realised she had been scammed when the suspect kept asking her to transfer money. The victim lodged a report on May 10 and the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code,” he said in a statement in Alor Setar today.

Meanwhile, Elias urged the public to check the authenticity of any information received through https://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/ or download the Check Scammers CCID application to avoid falling victim to scams.

“The public can also obtain the latest information and commercial crime modus operandi via https://www.facebook.com/CyberCrimeAlertRMP/ and https://www.facebook.com/JSJKPDRM/,” he said.