KUALA LUMPUR: A man thought that his “part-time job” was genuine until he was arrested for providing bank accounts for money-laundering activities.
The victim, who wanted to be known only as Wong, said he attended a salesman job interview after answering an advertisement from one “Mr Matthew”.
The salary was RM6,000 and does not require any sales experience.
He met an interviewer by the name of Jason.
“I was told that I needed to open up bank accounts for an online football betting service. I was promised RM300 per account plus a 3% commission per transaction,” the 40-year-old added.
Wong, who works as an architect, thought that he could make some side income and agreed to provide four bank accounts and ATM cards.
Various transactions started coming in and out from Jan 13. The highest was a single transaction of RM50,000 on Feb 15.
Wong thought nothing of the transactions until Feb 3, when he received a letter from the Batu Pahat police station, asking him to present himself for an interview on Feb 12.
“When I called Matthew on the matter, he assured me that he would settle it,” he said. He then received a call from a person claiming to be from the police stating that he was no longer required to go to the station.
However, he was arrested on Feb 27 and remanded for four days.
“I learnt that there were several other people like me who were arrested for investigations into a crime syndicate,” he added.
After he was released on bail, Wong closed his four accounts, but he discovered that only RM20 was left in each account.
“I believe that RM163,000 had been withdrawn from the four accounts between Jan 13 and March 3. I was also never paid for providing the accounts,” he said.
Wong lodged a police report on Sunday before seeking help from MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong yesterday.
Chong said three similar cases had been received by his department this year.
“There is no such thing as easy money. Please do a background check on a company before agreeing to anything,” he added.