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Johor teacher loses MYR250,000 to scammer impersonating police

THE STAR – A 51-year-old woman in Kulai, Johor has lost RM250,000 after falling prey to a scammer who pretended to be an insurance agent.

Kulai OCPD Superintendent Tok Beng Yeow said the victim received a call from the suspect in February this year, claiming that she had made a health claim worth MYR68,000.

“The victim denied this and told the scammer that she would make a police report over the misuse of her personal information.

“The scammer then connected her call to what they claimed was district police headquarters to speak to an ‘assistant investigation officer’ to lodge a police report.

“The fake officer then claimed that the victim was involved in money laundering and drug cases and needed to submit a plea to the prosecutor’s office,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The scammers then requested full access to her bank account and that the victim transfer all her money into the account.

“The fake officer then told the victim that she would be granted bail and would need to pay MYR268,000 first. The victim then took out a MYR250,000 bank loan to pay for the alleged bail and was told it would be returned after the case was settled.

“However, after checking her account on March 31, the victim found that there was only RM140 left in her savings,” he said, adding that the victim then lodged a police report on April 1 at 11.27am

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

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