Police have warned the public to be wary of Internet scams and dubious phone offers following reports of two women cheated of RM57,000.
State police chief SAC 1 Mazlan Mansor said the victims were lured by prizes such as laptop computers and luxury watches by con artists.
“In the first case reported in Alor Gajah on September 15, a 33-year-old female civil servant was cheated by a man she befriended online.
“She was coaxed into making four cash deposits into a local bank account in exchange for a laptop and £5,000 (RM31,500).
“After depositing RM22,000 into the account, she realised it was a scam and reported to the police,” he said.
In the second case, a 66-year-old woman was cheated of RM35,000 after she deposited the money into a bank account.
Mazlan said the victim received a phone call from a local man who claimed she had won a luxury watch worth RM80,000.
The victim was asked to deposit the sum into a bank account to claim her prize.
He urged those who received such dubious offers to contact the police at 06-284 2222 or SMS to 012-224 4999 to assist in investigations. - Bernama