Miri company loses RM240,000 to business email compromise scam

Dato Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri (file pic)

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KUCHING, Sept 24: A company in Miri lost RM240,000 in a business email compromise (BEC) scam.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Dato Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri said the company’s manager, a female in her 20s, was contacted by a company selling imported frozen meat through an email in June and received the company’s product catalogue before proceeding further.

According to him, the victim then made an order of 28,000kg of 11 types of frozen pork and was later contacted by the suspect using WhatsApp for the payment method.

“Following that, the victim made three transactions totalling RM240,000 to two separate bank accounts between June and September.

“The victim realised that she was being scammed after inquiring with the courier company involved in September and was informed that the delivery existed, but it was delivered to another company address and not hers,” he said in a statement today.

Mohd Azman said the victim also contacted the company she made the deal with through an email and was informed by the company that their email was hacked.

He also said the victim then made a police report for further investigation.

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

A BEC scam is when criminals, imitating legitimate companies and businesses, send an email that appears to come from a known source making a legitimate request. — DayakDaily