Elderly man loses RM200,000 in credit card scam

KUALA LUMPUR: An elderly man has lost RM200,000 due to a credit card trick used by crooks.

The head of Kuala Lumpur’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID), Assistant Comm Mohd Mahidisham Ishak, said the 83-year-old was contacted by a “bank representative”, who claimed that his name had been used to register a platinum credit card on February 25.

“The call was then transferred to a ‘Bank Negara officer’, who said a police report had been filed about it and he would help cancel the card.

“The victim was then asked to give his online banking user ID, password and one-time password (OTP),” he said in a statement on Tuesday March 8.

The victim then checked with the bank’s customer service department and found that there were 14 transactions in his bank account amounting to RM200,000, he said.

“The victim has filed a complaint with the police and we are investigating under Article 420 of the Penal Code for cheating,” he added.

ACP Mohd Mahidisham has urged the public to be more vigilant to avoid being duped by Macau Scam.

“If you have any information about a crime or suspicious activity, contact KL Police Hotline on 03-2146 0584/0585, CCID Scam Response Center on 03-2610 1559/1599, CCID WhatsApp Hotline on 013- 2111 222, semakmule.rmp.gov.my or any nearest police station.”

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