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Beware of scammers impersonating officials, cops say after three victims duped in one day

PORT DICKSON: Police have reminded the public to beware of strangers claiming to represent financial institutions or enforcement agencies after three individuals were cheated of about RM34,000 in separate scams on the same day.

Port Dickson OCPD Supt Aidi Sham Mohamed said people should also refrain from revealing their banking details to anyone over the phone, via apps or social media.

He said in the first two cases on Thursday (Dec 23), a 51-year-old site supervisor lost RM11,153 and a 62-year-old retiree lost RM8,600 to individuals claiming to be bank officers.

“The victims were told that credit cards registered under their names had been used to buy Bitcoin and the calls were then purportedly transferred to Bank Negara officers.

“The first victim was asked to reveal his online banking details as the police would be probing the case while the second was told to go to the nearest ATM and increase his withdrawal limit,” he said here on Friday (Dec 24).

Supt Aidi Sham said after the first victim gave the suspect his banking details, he found that his savings had been moved to somebody else’s account.

The second victim lost RM8,600 after he was asked to transfer his savings to an account belonging to another individual to allow the police to probe his case.

In the third case, a 26-year-old customer service officer lost RM13,900 after being duped by a man claiming to be from the Inland…

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