Accountant loses nearly RM13,000 to suspect pretending to be real estate agent
JEMPOL: A 39-year-old accountant who planned to renovate his condominium was scammed for almost RM13,000 by a suspect pretending to be a real estate agent.
Jempol District Police Chief Superintendent Hoo Chang Hook said the victim, owner of the unit in Kuala Lumpur, was contacted by an individual who identified himself as Max in March of this year.
“The suspect told the victim that he got his contact from the developer and that it would cost him 12,950 RM if he wanted to repaint the unit, have some electrical work done and buy some electrical items and furniture. .
“The victim, who never met the suspect in person, accepted and then transferred the money to a local bank account in two transactions on March 25 and April 4,” he said.
adding that they only communicated by phone or via WhatsApp.
Superintendent Hoo said the suspect was given a month to complete the job.
However, the victim was unable to verify the progress of the work because he was unable to travel to Kuala Lumpur due to the interstate travel restriction imposed following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The victim was, however, in shock when he found out that his accommodation had been rented during his visit on November 8.
“He also realized that the suspect had not purchased the furniture and some of the electrical appliances as previously agreed,” he said, adding that he then filed a police report.
Superintendent Hoo said preliminary police investigations revealed that the bank account the victim transferred the money to was also used in other similar scams.
The case is under investigation under article 420 of the Criminal Code for cheating.
Violators can be jailed for between one and 10 years, whipped and fined if convicted.