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Senior citizen fall victim to parcel scam, suffered RM1.87 million in losses

NewsSenior citizen fall victim to parcel scam, suffered RM1.87 million in losses

A senior citizen suffered about RM1.87 million in losses after falling victim to a parcel scam.

According to Berita Harian, Johor Bahru Utara district police chief ACP Rupiah Abd Wahid said the incident started after the 67-year-old man befriended a woman, believed to be a foreigner, through Facebook between June and August this year.

She said the woman claimed to be a Brazilian doctor working in the United Kingdom.

“After more than two weeks, the individual promised to send goods and cash amounting to US$2.8 million (≈RM12.5 million) to the victim.”

“However, on 13 June, another woman who claimed to be a delivery agent contacted the victim and asked for payment of the delivery service charge and cash that had been promised,” Rupiah said.

The victim then used his savings to make 11 money transfers into a bank account provided by the delivery agent from June to August.

Rupiah said the victim only realised that he had been duped when he did not receive the promised goods and money. In addition, the woman also claimed the delivery agent was not reachable.

“The victim lost RM1,871,540 in the incident. Police have advised the public who receive SMSes, emails or calls phone regarding dubious offers to immediately report to the police as they can avoid becoming victims of fraud,” she added. 

The senior citizen made the police report regarding this incident on Monday (29 August) and this case is now being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

Here’s some advice to not believe things that are too good to be true.

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