KUALA LUMPUR — The Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) has identified a new crime method used by syndicates to cheat victims in the pretext of settling outstanding utility bills.
According to CCID Director Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din in a statement, the syndicate will contact the victim to inform them about the outstanding utility bill balance and offer a discount to settle if the victim allows the syndicate to settle the payment.
As a bait, the syndicate will tell the victim they will use their money first to pay and show the proof of the payment receipt.
Once the victim agrees to the syndicate service, the syndicate will pay to the utility service provider’s deposit machine using a bounce cheque.
After the syndicate shows the payment receipt to the victim, they will ask to make a money transfer to a third party bank account.
The victim will only realise when the cheque bounced and the payment was not cleared.
So far one police report was lodged in July at Kuala Lumpur. It involves a loss of RM 8,500 and the case is still under investigation.
The police have urged the public if anyone became a victim of such syndicate tactics to come forward and lodge a police report at the nearest station.