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Woman Pretends To Be A PDRM Officer To Dupe A PJ Bank Manager Of Over RM1.97 Million

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On Friday, 8 October, a manager of a banking agency in Petaling Jaya lodged a police report after she realised that she has been duped by a woman who pretended to be a Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) officer

According to Petaling Jaya district police chief ACP Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal, the woman was duped of almost RM2 million by a Macau Scam syndicate member posing as a female police officer.

ACP Nik Ezanee said that the incident began on 5 May this year when the 50-year-old woman received a call from a woman who introduced herself as a law enforcement officer.

A file photo of ACP Nik Ezanee.

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The suspect used intimidation tactics to dupe the elderly victim

In her call, the suspect claimed that the 50-year-old victim was involved in a fatal hit-and-run case and that there was a previous criminal record against her that involved a money laundering case.

Following which, the victim received a purported arrest warrant via WhatsApp.

"The victim, who denied involvement in the case, was then asked to cooperate by transferring money from her bank account to a new account for the purpose of a Bank Negara investigation," ACP Nik Ezanee.

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Intimidated, the victim did as she was told by the cop impersonator

She withdrew all the proceeds from the sale of shares in Singapore, personal loans, savings, fixed deposit, and the sale of insurance policies, the PJ district police chief said in a statement yesterday, 9 October.

The victim then transferred RM1,979,976 into the new account as directed by the suspect, who then warned the victim against checking with the bank from May to September about the matter.

The cop impersonator told the victim that doing so will interfere with the "investigation".

The victim was given assurance that once the "investigation" has been completed, she will receive a letter of confirmation about her case

The suspect promised the victim to sent her a letter of confirmation on whether she was found guilty or not at the end of September or early October, according to ACP Nik Ezanee.

She was also told that the money in the new bank account will be transferred to her if found innocent.

However, when October came and the victim did not receive any confirmation letter as promised, she finally decided to check her account and found that the RM1,979,976 amount had been withdrawn in stages.

Now, her case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which covers cheating and provides for a maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping, and a fine, upon conviction.

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