SIBU – A teacher here lost RM1,850 to scammers who claimed that her identity card had been stolen, as well as made her believe that she was the suspect in a hit-and-run incident.
Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said in a statement on Saturday that the scammers had cheated the 40-year-old victim using fear tactics.
“On Jan 18, the teacher received a call from a man who identified himself as Corporal Johan from the Kuching police traffic department, telling her that her identity card had been used by an Indian national to open 23 bank accounts, and that one of the accounts had an illegal deposit of RM2.8mil.
“She was also told that she was perpetrator in a hit-and-run incident,” he said.
“She was asked to contact one Inspector Mok to stop the warrant by paying RM3,000. As she did not have that much money, she only banked in RM1,850 from three bank accounts to a CIMB account registered under the name Muhammad Syahmi Aiman,” said ACP Stanley.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
ACP Stanley advised the public not to be easily hoodwinked by such scam calls and that they should check with the police whether they were involved in illegal deposit-taking. – The Star Online