Friday November 2, 2012
Syndicate hacks into Bank Negara line to try to convince target
KUCHING: A businessman almost fell victim to a scam that made it appear that he was talking to a Bank Negara officer.
Wong, 47, from Jalan Durian Burung here, told Simpang Tiga police that those behind the job appeared to have found a way of using a Bank Negara number to call him on his mobile phone on Tuesday.
He said it all started when a Miss Leong, claiming to be a bank officer, told him he was in debt to the tune of RM5,700, his three-month spending on his credit card.
“Miss Leong told me she was there to help and that she had forwarded my name to someone in Bank Negara. Shortly after she hang up, I received a call from a caller on 03- 2698 8044, which is Bank Negara’s number.
“I was pleasantly surprised because I thought, well here is help. The man identified himself as Mr Yap,” he said.
He said when Yap asked him for the details of all seven of his credit cards, he did not hesitate.
He said Yap even gave him his report number, which really convinced Wong that indeed his case was being looked into.
However, just before Yap hang up, he told Wong that his card would be suspended for the next three days.
“This one perplexed me. I thought it was strange and quickly called 03- 2698 8044 for Yap, only this time it was another man,” Wong said.
He said when he related to the man about what had transpired, he was told that it looked like a con job and was advised to call and cancel all his credit lines and cards.
“Not long after that, I received a call from a Miss Tan Siew King asking for more details of my seven credit cards. Strangely she was also using the Bank Negara phone line.
“When I said I would call her back, she quickly hung up, but this time I knew she was from the syndicate,” Wong said.
The police are investigating.