Woman loses RM113,000 of savings in scam involving a ‘judge’

The STAR online, Malaysia
Saturday September 22, 2007
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/9/22/nation/18965287&sec=nation

Woman loses RM113,000 of savings in scam involving a ‘judge’

KUANTAN: A housewife in Air Putih banked in her savings of RM113,000 into two accounts of a “judge” after being told that she was suspected to be involved in illegal money-lending.

Two people, posing as a police officer and a judge, telephoned her and told her to transfer her savings into the “judge’s” accounts to protect herself.

Pahang commercial crimes deputy chief Deputy Supt Hamzah Alias said the woman, aged 43, received a call on her handphone from a man claiming to be an inspector, who told her that an illegal money lender had been arrested and a copy of her Mykad was found on him.

“The victim was told that she was a suspect in the illegal lendings,” he told a press conference yesterday.

DSP Hamzah said the man then asked the woman how much she had in her savings and that a “judge” would call her later with further instructions.

The “judge”, a woman, telephoned the victim and directed her to transfer all her savings into two accounts of another “judge.”

“The victim was told that she would have to transfer her savings into the accounts for safekeeping, due to her link with illegal money lending. Out of fear, the victim did as told and deposited her savings into the bank accounts.”

The woman, realising that she had been cheated after talking to her friends, lodged a police report.

This is the second such cheating case reported in Air Putih this month. On Sept 13, a woman was cheated of RM5,700.

DSP Hamzah said police had also received reports on people trying to cheat single mothers and rural folk by promising them money if they handed over their belongings and jewellery as collateral.

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