Accountant duped, loses savings of RM25,000

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SIBU, Jan 22 : A woman lost her savings of RM25,000 after falling victim to a man who disguised himself as her friend “Kevin”.

Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said on Jan 20, the 50-year-old accountant suddenly received a call from the suspect who introduced himself as her friend by the name of  ‘Kevin’.

“The suspect asked for financial assistance from her as he had problems with his business. He also told her that his wallet and mobile phone were lost somewhere,” Stanley said today.

Thinking that the suspect was her friend, she made an online transaction of RM25,000 to three different accounts.

“However, she suspected something was not right when the suspect’s phone was not reachable after she had transferred the money to him,” he added.

The complainant finally realised that she had been cheated when the real friend told her that he had never contacted her on money matters.

Meanwhile in a separate case, a 28-year-old woman was duped of RM2,010 by a bogus car dealer.

Stanley said the woman saw an advertisement on Facebook on a second hand car for sale.

“She contacted the suspect and chose the car which she was interested to buy. She was asked to send photocopies of her personal documents,” he said.

Having done that, she was told to pay RM2,010 as processing fee which she did from Jan 11 to 13.

As  like the first case, the suspect could no longer be contacted after receiving the money.

“Both cases are being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for fraud,” Stanley added. — DayakDaily