Thursday, November 24, 2011

It took only two phone calls to con a man of his RM260,000

A man impersonating as a police officer from Commercial Crime Investigation Department (JSJK) Bukit Aman and a woman as an officer of the Ministry of Finance Malaysia (MOF) managed to convince a auto mechanic to transfer a sum of RM263, 000 in his possession into two different accounts on Tuesday.

The victim, Teoh, 27, said at 1.30pm on 22 November, he received a call from a man who identified himself Corporal Marul, of the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Division. The number used by Corporal Marul was 03-2266xxxx. The police officer claimed Teoh was involved in "Black Money" scam.

"At first I ignored the call before getting another call from a woman who introduced himself Aini of the MOF who also said the same thing a day later," he said, yesterday.

He said the woman involved asked him to clear his bank account since an investigation would be made on his account. She asked Teoh to transfer RM263, 000 into two different accounts for the purpose of the investigation and promised to return the money after the investigation was completed.

"After banking in the money on Saturday at 12.30pm, I called 03-2266xxxx again to speak with Corporal Marul, but a female police officer told me there was no such officer in Commercial Crime.

"The officer concerned asked me to make a police report because he had been cheated," he said.

The victim lodged a report at the Petaling Jaya police station and the case was submitted to the District Police Headquarters (IPD) Brickfields for further investigation. Meanwhile, Brickfields police chief Assistant Commissioner Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid confirmed receiving the report.