July 18, 2023
JOHOR BARU – A senior citizen lost more than RM300,000 after falling prey to a phone scam here.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said the 71-year-old woman received a text message where she was informed that a transaction has been made using her credit card.
“She then called the number in the text message and was connected to a suspect impersonating a police officer.
“The victim then provided her bank account login details and later found that RM110,000 of the money in the account was missing,” he said.
Comm Kamarul Zaman said that between July 13 and 14, the victim made five transactions amounting to RM202,800 to two bank accounts.
Comm Kamarul Zaman said the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping, upon conviction.
“We urge the public to be careful to avoid falling prey to such scams.
“They should also check the bank account and phone number of the people they are dealing with via the ‘Semak Mule’ application,” he said.