GEORGE TOWN: A 76-year-old woman lost close to RM2 million in savings, pawned jewellery and borrowed money after falling for a scam by imposter policemen claiming to be from Sabah.
Police said the woman, a former civil servant, handed over proceeds from her family inheritance, Tabung Haji savings, Amanah Saham shares, pawned gold and loaned money, all amounting close to RM1.84 million from June 24 to July 22.
Southwest district police chief A Anbalagan said the woman first received a phone call from Pos Laju in Kota Kinabalu, claiming a parcel she had shipped over contained a MyKad and eight ATM cards. The Pos Laju man said the matter was under police investigation.
Anbalagan said the victim then spoke to three men, purportedly police officers in Sabah, who said she was being investigated for laundering RM1.48 million through a bank account under her name in Kota Kinabalu.
“The scammers then told her to empty all her savings accounts and hand over RM1.48 million before Bank Negara and police froze her accounts.
“They later told the woman that she must also pay RM1 million in a bond to avoid arrest. They told her not to tell anyone, and said she should check in with them every two days,” he said.
The victim handed over cheques in five tranches, paid to bank accounts belonging to an enterprise and a developer company. When more money was requested, the woman spoke to her son about it and subsequently lodged a police report at the Bayan Baru police station on Tuesday.