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Man loses RM5,000 to scammers after call about credit card fraud
November 29th, 2017 | 09:35 AM | 1224 views
A self-employed man lost RM4,999.11 after transferring the money from his bank account to a third party upon being instructed by bogus Bank Negara officers.
It did not occur to Foo Soon Wah, (pic) 51, that he was transferring money to an unknown bank account when instructed to key in the personal identification number of ‘499911’ at an automated teller machine (ATM) in Jelutong.
Penang MCA Public Services and Complaints bureau deputy chief Tan Eng Hin said Foo was further distressed when he was unable to recover the amount despite alerting the bank on the same day on Sept 13.
“The transfer was made at an ATM at 3.18pm. When the victim realised he had been scammed, he reported it to the bank at 4.10pm to stop the fund transfer.
“He checked with the bank almost daily only to receive a letter on Nov 3 informing him that the bank was unable to recover the money,” he told a press conference at the Penang MCA headquarters in Transfer Road yesterday.
Foo said it all started with a call from a woman claiming to be a bank representative, who told him that a purchase of RM3,698.45 was made in his name using a credit card in Johor Baru.
“I told her that I did not own such a credit card, and she then gave me a ‘Bank Negara’ number to call. My call was picked up by another woman who instructed me to provide her with my personal details before I was told to call another number which she said was the contact number of Bank Negara’s investigations department.
“It was at this point that I was told to go to the nearest ATM and follow the instructions,” he said.
Tan said Penang MCA would follow up on the case and advised the public to be wary of such scams. Also present was Penang MCA legal bureau chief Francis Goh.
courtesy of THE STAR
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