Actual case: How people get duped? – Buying Local Property for a Foreigner | Impersonating BNM Officer

282166_10150273685539872_414023_aThe victim is a 64 year old man, Haji Hassan (not his real name)  from Johor Bahru, Johor. He claimed that someone in United Kingdom (UK) has contacted him to request for his help to buy a property in Malaysia. This person claimed that he had opened an account for Haji Hassan in the UK to facilitate the transfer. He would bank-in the money to this account and such proceed will be transferred to Haji Hassan account in Malaysia.

After confirming this, Haji Hassan received a call from one lady called Haziqah (not her real name) whoclaimed that she is an officer in Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM). She was using a cellular phone number instead of Bank Negara’s official phone number. She claimed that the money which was supposedly to be transferred to Haji Hassan account has been intercepted by Bank Negara because of money laundering guidelines. Haji Hassan would need to pay a “tax” fee to release the money.

Thinking that all those are true, Haji Hassan deposited the money into an account (in one of the local banks) which number was given by Haziqah but bearing a different name. The so-called fees amounting to around RM80k was banked-in in two different occasions. Only when Haziqah called Haji Hassan to bank in another RM54k, he started to think about the whole thing. Suspecting that there might be something fishy, he searched for BNM’s number from TM 103 and called BNMTELELINK to verify whether there is a Cik Haziqah working with BNM.

There is no Cik Haziqah working in BNM – she does not exist.

BNMTELELINK had advised Haji Hassan to lodge a police report and subsequently do a follow-up with the police for any updates. He was also advised to inform his bank about the case to prevent any further transfer, if any.

Moral of the story:

  • Don’t easily trust someone who promises a huge sum of money that is too good to be true. Greed is not good!
  • Secure your personal banking information. Never reveal your personal banking information to anybody or any third party including those claimed from banks or even the authority
  • If someone claimed that he/she is from the authority, please seek verification or confirmation from the authority office before giving your cooperation. Even then, you should give your cooperation at the authority office – not via phone.
  • Never make a money transfer to an unknown account, no matter how believable the stories that have been told to you.

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As part of our ongoing initiatives to educate the public and create awareness on financial fraud, we will publish a series of short write up of actual fraud case (on case by case basis) that has been reported to us.

We hope our readers will be more informed and could share these stories with their families, colleagues and friends.

Avoid becoming a victim!

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