Female lecturer loses RM1.3 million defrauded by ‘Inspector Ku’

JOHOR BAHRU: A female lecturer at a public higher education institution (IPTA) lost RM1.3 million as a result of being deceived by ‘Inspector Ku’ because he was said to be involved in money laundering and drug activities.

The 41-year-old victim was deceived by the ‘police officer’ involved who offered to help the victim by instructing him to open a new bank account to resolve the case.

Johor Police Chief, Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said the woman came forward to make a police report yesterday after checking her bank account earlier this month and found that all the money from the account had been transferred.

“The case started when the victim received a phone call from someone who introduced himself from the Ministry of Health (MOH) claiming that the victim was involved in falsifying Covid-19 reports in Sabah.

“After the victim denied the allegation, the phone call continued to be connected to an individual who was said to be a police officer from the Sabah Contingent Police Headquarters (IPK) named ‘Inspektor Ku’.

“Inspector Ku later told me that he was involved in money laundering and drug activities,” he said in a press conference at the Johor Police Contingent (IPK) headquarters, here today.

Kamarul Zaman said the victim was also instructed to submit the online banking password of the account in addition to registering the phone number given by the man.

He said that after opening the new bank account, the victim had followed Inspector Ku’s instructions to transfer all the money into the account supposedly for temporary storage until the case was resolved.

“Between October 17 and November 25 last year, the victim transferred money amounting to RM1.3 million to the new account.

“The victim realized he was being cheated when the money in his account was transferred to several other unknown accounts before making a police report,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Kamarul Zaman said there was another fraud case with a 49-year-old man who lost more than RM85,000 after being entangled in a direct online sales syndicate in this district recently.

“The victim was deceived by the company that promised easy profits based on the investment made. The victim initially invested RM800 and got a return of RM2,100.

Fascinated by the easy profit, the victim next invested RM85,000. However, the expected returns did not appear and he realized he was a victim of fraud,” he said.

At the same time, Kamarul Zaman reminded the public to be more careful when receiving calls claiming to be involved in criminal activities.

“Even though we have been reminded many times, there are still people who are deceived by this syndicate. There are no phone calls that can be connected from one agency to another, from there we can tell it is a scam.

“The police will not hug and we suggest people download the Whoscall application which allows us to track calls from scammers,” he said. – MESSENGER

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