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Retired Teacher Loses RM580k After Getting Call From ‘Insurance Company’

Retired Teacher Loses RM580k After Getting Call From ‘Insurance Company’

The victim was tricked into believing she was talking to a police officer.

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A 59-year-old retired female civil servant fell victim to a fraudulent call from an insurance company.

The victim was told she was implicated in a medical claim of about RM68,800 involving a hospital.

At first, the victim did not buy it as she had stopped her insurance in 2022 and never defaulted on her premiums.

The call was later transferred to a ‘police officer’ to investigate the cash source in her accounts.

Due to fear and worry, she handed over all her bank information and was cheated of RM580,000.

Perak police chief Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said an initial investigation showed that she received a call from the suspect at 9:30 am on 14 January.

The victim was instructed to transfer all the deposits to another account that belonged to her.

Because she was too scared and worried, she divulged all her information.

Perak police chief Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri on how the crime took place.

Mohd Yusri said the retired female civil servant was about to withdraw money from the account on 28 March.

That is when she found that RM585,904.22 in her account had disappeared.

Realising she was deceived, the victim reported it to the police on 3 April.

Be Alert At All Times

Mohd Yusri urged the public to be vigilant to avoid falling victim to phone scams.

At the same time, he also urged everyone to ignore calls or messages from numbers they do not recognize.

He said people could use mobile apps such as Whoscall or Truecaller to discover the caller’s identity.

Moreover, people should not panic and be afraid when receiving fraudulent calls.

He pointed out that domestic law enforcement units will never offer private settlements besides calling and intimidating the public.

When encountering such situations, the public is advised to inquire and confirm directly with the relevant authorities.

In addition, the public is also strongly encouraged to seek advice from their family members or report it to the National Scam Response Centre’s (NSRC) 997 hotline.

People should never share bank information with people they do not know under any circumstances.

It has been reported that some of the scammers, who speak fluent Malay, are victims of human trafficking now trapped in Myanmar.

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