Clerk conned of RM11,100 in phone scam

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SIBU, Oct 1: A clerk from an utility company was cheated of RM11,100 after she was made to believe that her name was used for money laundering activity.

Sibu District Police Chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit revealed the complainant, received a phone call from a woman who introduced herself as from the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) in Kuantan on Sept 29.

The suspect told her that she had tax arrears of RM40,500.93 with Anco Marketing & Supply Company.

When the complainant denied having any unpaid tax, the line was purportedly transferred to a man who introduced himself as ‘Sgt Fairuz Abdullah’ from Kuantan police station.

The second suspect told her that her name was involved in a money laundering case and a warrant had been issued for her arrest, causing the complainant to panic.

“The suspect said he could help her settle the case but she had to pay RM20,000 for the withdrawal of the arrest warrant,” Stanley added.

On the same day, the complainant made two online transactions totaling RM11,100 to an account number provided by the suspect.

The complainant only realised that she had been conned after an IRB officer informed her that she did not have any tax arrears. The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating. — DayakDaily