Woman duped into paying RM590,000

Compiled by AMALINA AKASHAH, R. ARAVINTHAN and JAROD LIM

A 65-year-old woman in Sibu was scammed of RM590,000 by a caller who tricked her into believing she had committed a felony, Sin Chew Daily reported.

She received a call at 10am on Thursday from a man claiming to be a health officer. He told her that her identity had been used to get sleeping pills from hospitals in Sibu and Miri and that she is also suspected of laundering money.

She was asked to pay the sum of money to “settle her offences”.

Realising something was amiss after banking in the money, she lodged a police report.

Three parang-wielding burglars who broke into a house in Puchong and stole the owner’s car were arrested within five hours of a police report being lodged, China Press reported.

The 45-year-old houseowner was in the kitchen when the men broke in, stole some jewellery and drove away in her Nissan Almera.

She lodged a police report at 12.45pm and the burglars were nab­­bed at about 4.30pm the same day.

Serdang police chief Asst Comm Megat Mohd Aminuddin Megat Alias said they also recovered the stolen car and confiscated another car that was used by the suspects, as well as six mobile phones, a laptop and a gold chain.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/04/07/woman-duped-into-paying-rm590000/