Letter from the mail

May 25, 2007

Received this in the mail. Anyone care to help ascertain whether it’s the truth?

Dear family members and friends

I am writing this e-mail to warn all of you. This is what happen to me on 18th may 2007 at 10.00am. The phone rang and i answer, a voice message stated that the call is from the Malaysian High Court mentioning that i have a case to attend at the KL High Court.

Rather curious of what sort of case i have, so i press 9 to talk to the operator.

The operator speaks very ‘slow english’ if you know what i mean. She insist that i must give her my name and ic no. in order for her to check what sort of case i have. I hold on for a few seconds and she ask me if that is really my ic no. I confirmed and she also confirmed that i have a case to attend. She says that she will faxed the doucument over to Bukit Aman Police station and the officer will call me in 3 munites.

So i hung up, true enough i received the call less than 2 minutes. He announced himself as Yeoh Long Wah from Bukit Aman police station. He ask me a lot of questions and say the criminal have use my ic detail to open bank account in Maybank and Public Bank in Negeri Sembilan.

He then ask me whether i have a bank account in Maybank and Public Bank.. I told him that i have a Public Bank a/c. He says that i have to answer his questions honestly so that he can help me with my case. Edited for Grammar by Blogger: The questions he asked was:

1. Whether I had an account with either Public Bank or Maybank

I told him i cannot reveal the amount in my account and that i will meet him in Bukit Aman police station. He says fine and meet him before 4pm and gave me the phone no 03-77826222.

I rang my lawyer and ask for advise. She ask me to fix the appointment with the so call police on Sat or Monday since today is Friday and mosque day. I called the the no 77826222 and the police answer telling me that this is not Bukit Aman police station but police station in Old Klang Road. I told the police the problem and he told me to launch a police report in Subang Jaya police station because they have been receiving a lot of these calls from people.

I went to Public Bank to freeze all my a/c for the time being. I am sharing all these with you so that you will not go through the trauma i went through.

3 Responses to “Letter from the mail”

  1. Hmm…Local grifters….

    Seems possible and imbecilic enough to be a Malaysian plot, sadly. There are a few holes I can think of in this one.
    1) Don’t calls to jury duty come in the mail? Also, wouldn’t they already have access to your IC number and all when they called you since they’re part of the judicial system?
    2) A policeman can find this so-called grifter and witness him opening a bank account in two minutes? VERY fishy. And asking for bank account numbers straight off? Puh-lease!

    The ideal con is done in such a way that the fellow doesn’t know he’s being conned. That’s the whole idea.
    “If this idea had any more holes, you could strain tea with it.” (Mickey Bricks, Hustle)
    But this unfortunately reflects on the credulity of the people in our nation.😛

  2. Sam, you completely missed the plot… there’s no more jury duty in Malaysia since the 1980s. All court cases are decided by the judge and the judge alone…so no more jury duty.

    The “case” they mentioned in this sense refers to a pending criminal case against you… and this tends to frighten quite a few people into listening.

    This incident has happened many times and has been given a lot of attention in the Chinese press. In fact, my aunt in Penang was also called up by these grifters a couple of months ago. The poor grifter told her that she has a case pending in the High Court since 2006, and that she must settle it immediately to clear the backlog of cases the courts have.

    What the grifter didn’t know was that in the period between middle of 2004 and early January this year, my aunt was living abroad and did not return to Malaysia at all besides giving family a few phone calls in year. Obviously, there’s no chance in her commiting any “crimes” of any sort during that period. The grifter didn’t know and basically asked for the same details as the girl in the email received.

    My aunt shot back to inform the person on the other line he is gravely mistaken for calling her as she has just returned from Malaysia and it would be impossible for her to receive a court case during the period. The grifter just hung up on her realising that he could not cheat my aunt anymore.

    So, yes, there’s such a thing happening in our country where unscruplous people will try to get personal info out of you using whatever devious means possible.

    My only concern would how in the world they obtained our telephone numbers in the first place!

  3. OH… So that’s how it works. Whoops. My bad, Phil. So basically, to tear it up, just ask questions about your felony and all then?

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