Thursday March 14, 2013
Ring diverting payments of furniture factories’ customers
By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH
MUAR: An international syndicate has cheated several customers of furniture factories here by diverting payments into their accounts.
The syndicate has so far ma-naged to divert payments total- ling about RM400,000 from seve-ral buyers in Africa, who pur- chased furniture from three factories here.
Muar deputy OCPD Supt Shahadan Jaafar said the syndicate's activities were discovered when the buyers did not receive their orders after making payment.
“We have received four such cases reported this year and another two cases last year.
“We urge all furniture factories in Muar which export products overseas to alert their clients about the hacking,” he said.
Supt Shahadan said the factories should also inform their clients to contact them before making any payment through online banking as the account numbers could have been hacked.
He said police found the bogus accounts belonged to individuals from overseas who opened the bank accounts in Kuala Lumpur.
He added that although none of the factories suffered losses, the police wanted all major furniture makers who exported products to be on the alert.
On another matter, Supt Shahadan said police detained two men who were involved in house break-ins and recovered nearly RM100,000 worth of stolen items.
He said the items, including three motorcycles, car parts, electrical cables, car LCDs and computers, were kept or sold to unsuspecting dealers.
He said the men, aged 21 and 22, were arrested on March 5 and 11 and would be charged with house break-ins and stealing.
“We have also detained a dealer for buying stolen items from the two, who also tested positive for drugs,” he added.