JOHOR BARU: A senior citizen lost more than RM200,000 when she became a victim of the Macau Scam syndicate.
It is learnt that the victim, a 60-year-old female retiree from Segamat, received a call from the syndicate on Dec 19 before transferring her money in stages until Dec 27.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the victim lodged a police report on Saturday (Dec 29) after paying the syndicate RM230,000.
“The victim received a call from a suspect claiming to be an officer with Pos Malaysia Bhd.
“The 'officer' informed the victim that she has debts with the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), and that the Putrajaya Federal Court has issued a warrant of arrest against her as well as freezing her assets,” he added.
He said another suspect then contacted her claiming to be a police officer from Sabah.
The suspect accused her of being involved with money laundering activities.
“Because of the threats made against her, the victim then transferred the amount to one of the suspect's account in stages,” he said in a statement on Sunday (Dec 30).
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.