Accountant loses over RM100,000 in phone scam


SEREMBAN: A 39-year-old accountant gave away her credit card details to a stranger on social media who told her that she won S$1,150 (RM3, 580) in a contest organised by a leading e-commerce platform.

She is now rueing this as within hours, the individual used her credit cards to shop up to RM104,000 from the same online shopping company.

State Commercial Crime Investigation Department head Supt Aibee Ab Ghani said the victim had received a Facebook message from an individual claiming to be “Irene Wee” on Thursday (June 10) and was told that she had won the cash.

“The individual then asked the victim if she had a credit card so that the cash can be transferred to her and the latter said she did.

“The victim was then asked for her credit card details and she immediately gave it to the individual,” he said, adding that the victim gave details of credit cards she owned from two banks.

Supt Aibee said the suspect also asked the victim to send over the one-time password (OTP) once she received it.

The suspect then spent RM70,000 to shop using one of the victim’s credit cards while another RM34,000 was spent using the credit card from the other bank.

The victim tried contacting the suspect on a mobile number given to her on Friday (June 11) morning but could not get through.

Upon realising that she had been cheated, she lodged a report.

Supt Aibee said both banks were unable to immediately establish the victim’s real losses as not all transactions were successful.

“The banks also said that some of the transactions were unsuccessful as they had exceeded the victim’s daily limit,” he said.

Supt Aibee added that the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

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