Having a family member or loved one languishing in prison is a source of pain for those closest to them, who would do anything in their power to help secure freedom.
Unfortunately for one woman, she let her desperation to see her brother be free from prison get the best of her and was conned of RM5,000 in the process.
Scammer promises to get brother out of prison
NST reported that the unfortunate incident happened to a housewife in Rompin, Pahang, who received a call from an unknown man claiming to be a police officer from the Rompin police headquarters on June 28.
In a statement by Rompin district police chief Deputy Superintendent Mohd Azahari Mukhtar, he said the scammer promised to release her brother out of prison, who was arrested several months ago and sent to jail.
However, the scammer told the woman to pay RM5,000 beforehand and instructed her to pick up her brother outside a financial institution in Muadzam Shah.
M’sian woman loses RM5K to scammer
Hopeful and completely convinced that the so-called ‘police officer’ could help get her brother out of prison, the woman promptly transferred the RM5,000 to an account under the name of “Nur Ain Sarah” and tried contacting the scammer but to no avail.
Her suspicions were later proven to be true when she did not see her brother return home as promised and lodged a police report at the Muadzam Shah police station on Sunday (July 2).
Azahari said the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides a jail sentence of up to 10 years, whipping, and a fine if convicted.
He also advised the public to contact the nearest police station if they receive a phone call from anyone claiming to be police officers and not fall for their tricks.