Woman scammed RM8K by caller claiming to be her brother

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SIBU, Apr 7: A supervisor of a company was conned of RM8,000 by a man who impersonated her brother.

According to Sibu district police chief, ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit on Apr 6, the 24-year old victim was at work when she received a call from a man.

“The man introduced himself as her brother working in Singapore. The complainant thought that it was his brother as the suspect’s voice sounded exactly like his,” he said.

Stanley added that the suspect told the complainant that he would be coming back to the country and needed to borrow RM8,000 from her as he wanted to start a business here together with his friend.

“The suspect asked her to transfer the money to his friend’s account as his account had a problem receiving deposits,” he said.

The complainant had on the same day asked her husband to transfer the said amount to an account number provided by the suspect.

“At about 5.38pm, the complainant texted her real brother telling him that the money had been transferred to his account,” he disclosed.

She was shocked, however, when he told her that he did not contact her for money.

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