Timber trader scammed of RM33,273

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SIBU, Sept 8: A manager of a timber trading company was conned of RM33,273 in a timber scam.

Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said at about 9.12am on August 29, the 44-year-old manager received a WhatsApp message from a man who claimed to want to place an order for 70 pieces of hardwood at a cost of RM5,230.

At about 1.44pm on Sept 1, the victim was told by the suspect that he had transferred the money and requested him to send the order to Sarikei.

“On Sept 3, the victim was again told by the suspect that he wanted to purchase another 140 pieces of the same wood at RM9,100. After an hour, the suspect told him that the money had been transferred to his account,” he said.

The suspect had also provided proof for the transfer.

The suspect made further orders for the item as on Sept 6, of 46 pieces at RM18,943.

“He was again told that the money had been transferred to his account. He had also sent the wood to the destination provided by the suspect,” he said.

On Sept 7, the suspect wanted to buy more hardwood from him.

“However, the victim realised that he had been cheated as he did not receive any money from the suspect,” said ACP Stanley.

He added that the suspect was the same person who had used different phone numbers to cheat the victim.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.—DayakDaily