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Nigerian student pleads not guilty to cheating Maybank through phishing scam

SHAH ALAM, Nov 21 — A Nigerian private college student today pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here to charges of cheating and attempting to cheat Maybank using the Internet, last September.

Lazarus Chikereuba, 25, entered the plea before Judge M. Bakri Abdul Majid.

He is alleged to have committed the offences by using a mirror website of the bank’s Maybank2U internet to phish for a user name and password that he was not authorised to access.

He was charged of attempting to cheat Maybank under Section 3(1) of the Computer Crimes Act 1997 which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or jail term of up to five years or both, upon conviction.

He was also charged under Section 4(1)(a) of the same act, for cheating the same bank, which carries a maximum fine of RM150,000 or jail term up to 10 years or both, on conviction.

He is alleged to have committed both offences at No 39 Jalan SS19/5C, Subang Jaya on September 5.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Fatin Hadni Kamaruddin offered the accused bail of RM100,000 in one local surety.   

The accused lawyer, M. M. Pharumaratnam, asked the court to reduce the bail as the accused was the only son of four siblings and that his parents had  sent him to the country with high expectations for his future.

The judge set bail at RM80,000 in one local surety and ordered the accused  to surrender his international passport to the court.

He also has to report to the Bukit Aman police headquarters once in a month.

The court fixed December 17 for re-mention. — Bernama

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