The STAR online, Malaysia
Wednesday September 12, 2007
Woman loses RM560,000 Computer analyst pays up despite reading about scam
PENANG: A computer analyst banked in RM560,000 into 14 different bank accounts purportedly for administration charges believing that she had won HK$2.86mil (RM1.43mil) in a lucky draw.
In the last two months, she was busy banking in the money into accounts of strangers although she admitted to having read in newspapers about people being cheated through SMS scams.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abd Hamid said the 32-year-old woman said she received an SMS notifying her of her “windfall” on July 4 followed by calls from several people who “sweet talked” her into banking in the money.
The woman lodged a police report on Monday when her “winnings” were not deposited into her bank account within the stipulated time.
”At the back of her mind, she knew it was a scam but she still fell for it. Half of the money was her life savings while the rest was borrowed from friends and relatives,” he said yesterday.
ACP Azam said the accounts belonged to individuals in other states, adding that a syndicate could be “renting” the accounts.
On July 16, the Selangor police busted one such syndicate with the arrest of seven Taiwanese including a woman in Petaling Jaya.
The syndicate, operating since last year, is said to be based in Taiwan and Hong Kong.