KOTA KINABALU: A male businessman was cheated RM7,900 by an unidentified suspect when he was tricked to buy three simcards allegedly to be VVIP numbers.
The victim also face difficulties in claiming compensation since he never met the male suspect known only as Phua Chun Yong.
District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra, said the incident happened when the local man aged 56 years old saw an advertisement selling the alleged phone numbers in a local newspaper in 31 July.
The victim was interested with the three simcards each with the number 018-8888888 (RM3,000), 010-6888888 (RM2,000), and 019-9999999 (RM2,900) and other number combinations that were deemed as Hot Number.
“The male businessman then contacted the contact number written in the advertisement and his call was received by a man who introduce himself as Phua Chun Yong,” he said.
Believing the suspect’s assurance, the victim then deposited RM7,9000 to a CIMB account bank, numbered 7615-34-983, registered with the name Phua Chun Yong, in Inanam without meeting the suspect before making the transaction.
“The victim has received a package delivered by DHL Express which contained several simcards that were bought from the suspect. However, after activating these simcards, he was surprised that the numbers were not the same as what was agreed through previous discussion,” he added.
Realizing that he was cheated, the victim then lodged a police report for further action. The case will be investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for fraud.
Chandra said the suspect is believed to use the modus operandi of cheating his victim by advertising cheap prices for unique mobile phone numbers.
He also calls for the public who have information on the suspect to contact the investigating officer, Insp. Gregory Eyan, at the number 010-5330133, or to the Commercial Crime Investigation Division Chief, ASP. Ruzaidi Saad at the number 016-5872944 or 088-230182. – SayangSabah