Crime & Courts

Teacher loses RM233,000 of husband's pension savings to scammers

KUANTAN: A 55-year-old teacher endured heartbreak after losing RM233,480 of her late husband's pension savings to scammers on Jan 13.

The victim from Maran had 'naively' revealed her bank account details to a bogus police officer before 16 transactions were made into unknown bank accounts.

Pahang police chief Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the victim had received a telephone call on Jan 13 from an individual claiming to be from the courier company.

"The call was immediately transferred to a police officer who informed the victim that her name was involved in delivering prohibited items through parcels. She was also linked with money laundering activities.

"When further queried by the officer, the victim did not hesitate to reveal her bank account information. She only realised the money missing after 16 online transactions were performed from her bank account," he said, adding the missing RM233,480 were the pension from her late husband.

Ramli said the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides a maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping, and a fine, if convicted.

He reminded the public not to panic when contacted over the phone by individuals claiming that their names were linked with criminal activities.

"Please be reminded that the authorities will never conduct investigations through phone calls. Those who receive such calls can contact the nearest police station or financial institution for clarification," he said.

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