IPOH: A woman lost RM15,400 to a telephone scam syndicate whose members pose as representatives of finance companies and banks.
The victim, who only wants to be identified as “Li Heng,” 37, said she received a phone call in June from a man who claimed to represent a financial services company.
She said the man, who called himself “Ong,” informed her that she had used her credit card to buy a phone at a telco shop in Kuala Lumpur on March 21 this year.
"The man asked me to call Bank Negara. (He) told me if I did not do this, my name would be blacklisted.
"Worried about being blacklisted, I called the Bank Negara phone number given by the man, and spoke to another man named ‘Wong,’" she said at the Pusat Khidmat Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri in Bercham here on Friday.
Li Heng said “Wong” asked her to provide her name, identity card number and details of her bank accounts and other credit cards.
"As soon as the call ended, I told to my friend about it. She said that I had been deceived!
"So I decided to go to the bank to check my savings account, and it was then that I discovered that all the money was gone," added Li Heng, who lodged a police report at the Bercham police station in June.
Meanwhile, another victim of fraud, who only wanted to be identified as “Mei Lin” said she was deceived by an “easy loan scheme” which was advertised on a Facebook page.
"I was tricked by the financial restructuring offer. (It was) created by a finance company which had a Facebook account in March.
"I was asked to register and later, I was contacted by an individual who asked me to pay a sum of money for an online loan application," she said.
Mei Lin said she paid RM5,370 after she was informed that a cheque of her loan was ready.
However, when she tried to contact the person, she could not get through.
In light of the two fraud cases, Bercham assemblyman Cheong Chee Khing called on the public not to be so easily deceived by phone calls from people claiming to be representatives of financial services companies; and not to provide personal information over the phone or internet.
Translated from Harian Metro