KUANTAN: Recently, a 36-year-old clerk lost RM8,888 of her savings when she mistakenly sent her Transaction Authorisation Code (TAC) to a conman.
In the March 6 incident, the victim from Lorong Sri Kuantan, here, had received a WhatsApp call from a man who identified himself as Kamrulzamani.
The man claimed that his wife had accidentally sent her five-digit TAC number to the victim’s phone while doing an online banking transaction.
He asked her to resend the TAC number to another phone number, which he provided.
The victim duly obliged without asking for more details.
When she checked her phone, she noticed the TAC number which was sent through short messaging service.
Suspecting nothing amiss, she captured a screen shot of the message and sent it to the man through WhatsApp.
Minutes later, she received a message from a financial institution informing her that a transaction of RM8,888 from her bank account to another bank account registered under the name “Kamrulzamani” was successful.
Suspecting that she had been cheated, the victim lodged a report at the district police station.
Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Superintendent Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the victim did not realise that she was providing the suspect with her own bank information.
He reminded the public not to provide their TAC numbers to others, and to contact their financial institution immediately if they had not done any online banking transactions.
Wazir said the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides for a maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping, and a fine if convicted.