Ac­coun­tant loses RM250,000

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: A 52-year-old ac­coun­tant lost RM250,000 to tele­phone scam­mers who con­vinced him that the se­cu­rity of his bank ac­counts had been com­pro­mised.

After un­sus­pect­ingly com­ply­ing with the in­struc­tions of the scam­mers and seven bank trans­ac­tions later, he never heard from them again.

The man was at his USJ 8 home on Oct 6 when he re­ceived a text mes­sage at about 1.30pm from an un­known num­ber.

The mes­sage – sim­i­lar to that sent by credit card companies when a trans­ac­tion takes place claim­ing that a pur­chase was made at the klia2 with a credit card un­der the vic­tim’s name.

Taken aback by the mes­sage as he nei­ther owned a credit card nor had he ap­plied for one, the vic­tim called a tele­phone num­ber pro­vided in the text mes­sage – sup­pos­edly that of Bank Ne­gara.

Subang Jaya po­lice chief ACP Mo­ham­mad Azlin Sadari said the anx­ious ac­coun­tant went on to trans­fer his funds to the four “se­cure” ac­counts pro­vided by the “of­fi­cer” and later when he re­alised he had been conned, he lodged a po­lice re­port. – by Charles Ra­men­dran

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