SIBU, Sept 4: Two housewives lost a total of RM6,460 in two different scam cases.
Sibu district police chief, ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said in the first case, a 35-year-old housewife was at her home in Rejang Park at 8.30am on August 31 when she received a WhatsApp message.
“The suspect who identified himself as from a courier company told her that there was a parcel from Poland which was addressed to her,” he said.
However in order for her to be able to receive the item, she had to pay RM4,500 as customs duty.
“The complainant was told to pay RM2,500 first and the balance on the day the item was delivered to her. She did as instructed,” he added.
After making a bank transfer for the said amount, she realised that she had been conned when the suspect asked her to pay another RM14,000.
ACP Stanley said in the second case, a 28-year-old housewife had at 10am on Sept 2, seen a message on her WhatsApp offering a speedy-approval and low-interest personal loan.
“She was attracted to the offer and had asked for RM3,000 to open a small business,” he said.
The suspect then requested her to pay RM1,960 as legal fee for the approval of the loan.
ACP Stanley said the woman made a total of six transfers from September 2 to 3, to two account numbers provided by the suspect.
At about 4.23pm on September 3, she realised that she had been cheated after all her attempts to contact the suspect failed.
Both cases are being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating. — DayakDaily