The authorities have discovered a new criminal strategy used by a fraud syndicate to deceive victims by manipulating the utility bill payment system.
Director of the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din, said the department received a report on the crime this month, which involved an RM8,500 loss.
He claimed that after acquiring the victim’s assent, the syndicate would use bounced checks to make payments through utility service providers’ deposit machines. The victim was instructed to send money to them through a bank account belonging to a third party once the payment was made, and the service provider’s system would display a record indicating the bill payment had been made.
According to Mohd Kamarudin, the case is still being investigated for cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
He also advised anyone who believes they were a victim of the syndicate’s con to come forward and file a police report at the nearest police station.
The public is also cautioned not to take calls from unfamiliar numbers and to pay their utility bills directly to legitimate service providers.
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KUALA LUMPUR (July 24): The police have detected a new criminal tactic by a fraud syndicate that manipulates the utility bill payment system to deceive victims.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said they received a report on the case this month involving a loss of RM8,500.
“The syndicate will contact victims who have utility bill arrears and offer a discount if the victim allows them to settle the arrears.
“The syndicate would advance their money and claim that the payment receipt will be used by them to obtain tax exemption,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He said after obtaining the victim’s consent, the syndicate would use bounced cheques to make payments through deposit machines belonging to utility service providers.
He said once the payment was made, the service provider’s system would display a record that the bill payment had been made and the victim was asked to transfer money to them through a bank account belonging to a third party.
“The victims will only be aware of being cheated when the service provider informs them that they have failed to cash the cheques,” he said.
Mohd Kamarudin said the case was still under investigation under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
He also urged those who may have been victims of the syndicate’s scam to come forward to lodge a police report at the nearest police station.
The public are also reminded to pay their utility bills directly to legitimate service providers and not to answer calls from unknown numbers.
To check the validity of suspicious telephone numbers and bank account numbers, use the semakmule portal https://semakmule.rmp.gov.my or contact the CCID Scam Response Centre at 03-26101559/1599.
Source: Edge Prop