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A man in Sabah was cheated of RM6,230 when he was required to bank in money into a ‘Celcom official account’ to be eligible for a lucky draw contest which had purportedly won RM5,000. — File pic
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KOTA KINABALU, Aug 18, 2014:
A security guard from Sandakan was made RM6,320 poorer after believing that he had won RM5,000 from a Celcom lucky draw contest.
Sabah Commercial Crime Department chief Superintendent Saiman Kasran said the 42-year-old victim claimed to have received a call from a man who identified himself as Jamsuri bin Ismail, a Celcom representative from Kuala Lumpur, using a cell number 019-5888172 yesterday.
“The suspect told the victim that his number was a lucky winner of a RM5,000 cash prize that was being given away in conjunction with Merdeka Day celebrations.
“But to claim the prize, the victim was required to bank in a certain amount of money into a ‘Celcom official account’ to activate the transaction.
“Initially, the victim doubted the so-called windfall, but he was convinced after the suspect told him that Bank Negara and the Bukit Aman federal police were aware of the ‘programme’,” said Saiman.
The victim then banked in RM4,000 to an Alliance Bank account 600250010012639; RM1,500 into CIMB account 10040037775528, and RM500 into Bank Rakyat account 220711402585.
He also bought RM200 worth of Celcom reload cards and RM120 for Hotlink.
“It was only after he had made all the transactions that the victim realised he had been duped, prompting him to lodge a police report,” he said.
Saiman said the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 10 years plus whipping and fine.
“We have been reminding the public not to be fooled by such lucrative offers from time to time, but yet this is still happening.
“Again, we would like to remind people to ignore SMSes (short messaging service) or calls telling you that you have won something, especially if it involves cash transactions.
“Such contests may be real, but they will never notify their winners through phone calls or SMSes.
“Please verify the source or contact the police if you find anything amiss,” Saiman concluded.