60yo Miri pensioner loses RM500,000 to investment scam

Dato Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri (file pic)

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KUCHING, Sept 16: A 60-year-old pensioner from Miri lost RM500,000 through a digital currency investment online scam.

Sarawak Commissioner of Police Dato Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri said the victim, who made a police report on the matter to Miri District police on Sept 15, was invited by the suspect, a woman whom he knew as ‘Xin Alice Yu’ from Australia through a LinkedIn application in March this year and contacted the suspect through WhatsApp to join a USDT ‘digital currency’ investment involving Bitcoin, Ethereum, and many others.

According to him, the suspect later taught the victim about the investment through WhatsApp before asking him to register and open an account on the website given to start the investment.

“Following that, he was told to contact customer service on the given website before depositing his money into the account given by the suspect.

“The victim then made 19 transactions with a total amount of RM500,000 to nine different bank accounts between early April and July this year to deposit the money into his investment account,” he said in a statement today.

He said the victim only realised he was scammed after failing to withdraw the money from his digital currency account.

Apart from that, he said, the suspect also instructed the victim to make additional payments such as taxes and many others.

“The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code,” he added. — DayakDaily