Account clerk loses RM26,764 in phone scam

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SIBU, March 27: An account clerk lost RM26,764 after she was tricked into believing that she had won a “Boost” lucky draw prize.

Sibu district police chief, ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit, said the 29-year-old complainant had, at about 10pm on March 25, received a call that said she had won a “Boost” lucky draw prize of RM8,888.

However, in order to redeem the prize, she has to disclose her bank account particulars to the suspect.

“Believing that it was real, the complainant revealed particulars of her two bank accounts to the suspect,” he said.

At 11.11pm on the same night, she found that RM2,488 from her account was transferred by someone to Bigpay Malaysia Sdn Bhd account. At 11.53pm, she again discovered that three transfers totalling RM24,276 were also made to Bigpay Malaysia Sdn Bhd, he continued.

Stanley said from the time she made a police report on March 26, the complainant has not receive the winning prize as promised by the suspect.

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

Boost offered RM8,888 lucky draw prizes to users who claimed their RM30 government e-Tunai initiative through the e-Wallet app. It was reported that new scam targeting Boost e-Wallet users have appeared, including using fake SMS as their modus operandi. — DayakDaily