Published: Saturday February 2, 2013 MYT 6:03:00 PM
Teacher RM17,100 poorer after falling for e-mail lucky draw scam
JOHOR BARU: A slick e-mail lucky draw scam has caused a kingergarten teacher to be RM17,100 poorer.
The e-mail in English, which was sent by a syndicate, had used the logo of low-cost carrier AirAsia. It told her that she had won USD130,000 (RM390,000) in a lucky draw held in London in conjunction with last Christmas.
She was further told the money was ready to be transferred into her account through a telco online bank.
In January, she received another e-mail from a certain firstname.lastname@example.org which stated that investigations by the Royal Malaysian Police found the lucky draw was genuine.
"Following this, the complainant deposited various amounts totalling RM17,100 into an account given by the syndicate, which was to be the processing fee for transferring the money," Johor Baharu Utara police chief ACP Ruslan Hassan told a press conference here.
He stressed that both e-mails were fake and advised the public not to be easily taken in by such scams.
Police have set up a special task force to track down the culprits.
The 36-year-old teacher lodged a police report on Friday after finding out the lucky draw was an elaborate scam.