MALACCA: Police had crippled a ring believed to be linked to the International ‘Macau-scam’ syndicate following the arrest of three individuals at separate raids in Johor.
One of the culprits was detained in Muar while two others were arrested at Taman Tun Aminah in Johor Baru.
State Commercial Crime chief Superintendent Soh Hock Sing said the trio, aged between 22 to 28, had also impersonated as high-ranking police officers to fleece a 66-year-old victim to deposit a sum of RM660,000 into one of their bank accounts on April 9.
An operation was carried out to trace the conmen after the victim had lodged a police report.
In previous cases, the Macau scam is believed to be masterminded a foreigner with links in several Asean countries including Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines.
The modus operandi of the Macau scam (also known as ‘spoofing’) is to trick a prospective victim with its members posing as police or bank officers.
Supt Soh said preliminary investigation revealed that the three had duped the victim into believing that he was wanted in Hong Kong and Macau for allegedly committing some serious criminal offences in both countries.
The suspects masqueraded as high-ranking officers from Bukit Aman and demanded the victim to deposit the money into a bank account.
“The payment was supposed to ‘erase’ the victim’s criminal records in both the countries,” he said.
Supt Soh added that the victim was convinced that he was wanted by the Hong Kong and Macau police.
All three men, said Soh, are being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property.