‘Datuk Dr’ detained for RM80m debit card scam

Abdul Ghafar RajabGEORGE TOWN: A woman posing as a man and claiming to be a ‘Datuk Dr’ has been detained in connection with the sale of a debit card that purportedly contained RM80 million.

The woman, aged 47, was nabbed around 9.30pm at a hotel here following a report lodged by a contractor who claimed to have been cheated of RM100,000.

Penang police chief Abdul Ghafar Rajab said the contractor, aged 40, claimed to have paid RM100,000 to the suspect two weeks ago and was supposed to receive cash and the debit card from the woman.

“Two days later when the woman failed to hand over the money and debit card to him, the contractor realised that he had been cheated,” Abdul Ghafar told a press conference here yesterday.

Initial police investigations found that the woman had an accomplice, an Indian national operating in Selangor, in search of prey among the rich.

So far only one alleged victim has lodged a police report and Abdul Gahfar urged others who have been cheated by the woman to come forward and lodge a report.

“The woman is very cunning; in fact the victim did not even realise that the suspect was a woman as she was wearing man’s clothings and used a male name,” he said.

Police also seized 104 pieces of USD notes believed to be fake, various other currencies, bank cheques, business cards and agreement forms.

The woman has been remanded until tomorrow to facilitate investigations while her accomplice, in his 50s, is being tracked down.

Meanwhile, Abdul Ghafar said 32.26kg of various types of drugs and 900 eramin5 pills worth RM1.25 million were seized by police following the arrest of a 32-year-old man in Jelutong on Tuesday.

“Police believe the man, a burger seller, has a syndicate network in Penang and other states. The syndicate also used the house, where the suspect lived, as a drug processing centre,” he said.

He said police also seized items belonging to the man worth RM74,685, among them, a Kawasaki ZX10 motorcycle, jewellery and cash.