Kelantan: A 40-year-old Malaysian woman has been cheated of RM534,000 by scammers after they fooled her via a phone call that she had to pay some taxes outstanding to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).
The victim first received a phone call from a woman last month, claiming that the victim owed the IRB, RM24,000 in tax arrears, Kelantan Commercial Crime Investigation Division chief Supt Ahmad Azizul Mohamed told reporters at the Tanah Merah district police headquarters yesterday.
Latter on a man called her and claimed he was a policeman and asked her to deposit the money into the account of the “investigating officer” to settle the issue. The woman got panicked and started to transfer thousands of ringgits to the syndicate.
“The victim deposited certain amount of money into an account to solve the tax arrears problem.
“The woman then made 12 transactions, totalling RM534,000, within a month ” Supt Ahmad Azizul said.
Only after informing her family members she realized she had been cheated.