Woman conned of RM4,500 for ‘over­weight’ par­cel

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LIMBANG: A woman here was conned into pay­ing RM4,500 to a bo­gus Cus­toms of­fi­cer for the re­lease of a sup­pos­edly over­weight par­cel from the United States.

Limbang police chief Supt Mohd Bukhori Saf­fai con­firmed re­ceiv­ing a re­port of the in­ci­dent, which saw the vic­tim re­ceive a call on Mon­day from a woman pur­port­ing to be a Cus­toms of­fi­cer at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port ( KLIA).

The ‘of­fi­cer’ told the vic­tim that the par­cel, which was sup­pos­edly sent to her by a Face­book friend in Cal­i­for­nia, had un­paid over­weight charges that needed to be set­tled for its re­lease.

The 28-year- old vic­tim then pro­ceeded to de­posit RM4,500 into the bank ac­count pro­vided by the ‘of­fi­cer’ with­out fur­ther ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

Ap­par­ently em­bold­ened by the vic­tim’s com­pli­ance, the ‘of­fi­cer’ then called again to de­mand a sec­ond pay­ment of RM18,000 for the re­lease of the par­cel.

It would seem that the ex­or­bi­tant amount made the vic­tim re­alise she had been conned as she then pro­ceeded to the Limbang police sta­tion to lodge a re­port.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 420 of the Pe­nal Code for cheat­ing and dis­hon­estly in­duc­ing de­liv­ery of prop­erty.

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