Elderly Johorean woman loses RM400,000 life savings to scammers

Elderly Johorean woman loses RM400,000 life savings to scammers

BATU PAHAT: A 73-year-old woman lost more than RM400,000 of her life savings after being duped by a man who claimed to be a police officer from the Perak district headquarters here.

Batu Pahat OCPD Asst Comm Ismail Dollah said that the victim received a call from the suspect in August, who introduced himself as “Sarjan Ong”.

“The suspect told the victim that she owed money to a bank before transferring the call to another person who claimed to be a ‘Datuk Seri’.

“The Datuk then informed the victim that she had been linked to a drug syndicate and offered his help to settle the victim’s case,” he said in a statement here on Saturday (Oct 22).

ACP Ismail added that the suspect said the matter could be settled if the victim transferred some money into a bank account.

The victim fell for his lies and made four transactions via ATM and one online transfer amounting to RM426,450 on Thursday (Oct 20).

“She came forward to make a police report on the same day after some of her friends told her she had been cheated,” he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides a jail term of between one and 10 years, whipping and a fine, upon conviction.

He reminded the public not to fall for scams, especially if they get calls from unknown numbers with callers claiming to be enforcement authorities.

“They can always reach out to the nearest police station for further information,” he added.

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