SUBANG JAYA: An elderly housewife was RM50,000 poorer after falling victim to a syndicate impersonating policemen from the Perak Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
A source said the woman, identified only as Mee, 61, said she received a phone call on May 15 from a man informing her of her involvement in drug dealing and fraud cases.
The caller, who introduced himself as Tuan Sauzi from the Perak police headquarters, said a man, who was earlier arrested for drug dealing and cheating, had given her name to the police.
“The bogus cop said Mee’s bank account had been used for transactions for drug dealing activities and fraud cases.
“The caller threathened to arrest the complainant for her alleged (drug dealing) offence which carries a death penalty. She told the man that she was innocent but the caller was persistent in his threats,” said the source.
Alarmed, Mee hastily agreed to transfer a sum of money to a bank account.
“The caller said he could assist the victim to transfer her money to a different account as her account is currently being investigated by the police.
“The victim did not find anything amiss and transferred money to the man’s account twice, involving a sum of RM45,000 and RM5,000, respectively,” he said.
The source said the man had promised to return Mee’s money once the police investigation was over.
The victim lodged a police report at the Subang Jaya police headquarters after the man called her the next day, asking her to make another transfer.
Meanwhile, Subang Jaya district police chief, ACP Muhammad Azlin Sadari, when contacted, confirmed receiving such report.
He said the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.