Phone scam: Sibu student in his 20s duped by fake police officer, loses RM17,000

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By DayakDaily Team

SIBU, May 29: A male student in his 20s lost RM17,000 after falling victim to a phone scam perpetrated by a scammer posing as a police officer from Terengganu.

Sibu District Police chief Assistant Commissioner (ACP) Zulkipli Suhaili disclosed that the incident unfolded when the victim received a call from an unknown individual on May 11.

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“The suspect informed the victim that a package registered in his name had been detained due to containing an identity card and credit card.

“Pretending to be a policeman, the suspect then falsely accused the victim of money laundering and coerced him into providing personal and banking information,” he said in a statement as quoted by TVS in a news report yesterday (May 28).

The victim was instructed to contact ‘Dato Shariff Mokhtar’ to purportedly secure his bank account.

In a panic, the victim conducted an online transaction of RM17,000 into a local bank account, only realising he had been duped when the suspect demanded a further RM10,000.

Zulkipli mentioned that the suspect also evaded queries regarding the investigation of the victim’s case.

The student promptly filed a police report, and investigations are ongoing under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating. — DayakDaily

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