KUANTAN (Bernama): An electrical shop assistant suffered losses of RM95,000 after falling prey to a Macau Scam syndicate since March.
Commercial Criminal Investigation Department head Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the 34-year-old victim claimed to have been contacted by a woman allegedly from the Kelantan contingent police headquarters at 8.30am on March 20.
The suspect had claimed the victim was involved in a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old teenager, which the victim denied.
"However, the suspect added that the victim was also involved in drug cases besides a bank account with RM2mil savings in the name of the victim allegedly opened in December 2018.
"The account is said to be related to a money-laundering crime and was brought in court for trial," he told reporters here Monday (July 1).
Supt Mohd Wazir said the victim, who was worried that he could be arrested, and was then directed to deal with another female suspect supposedly with the rank of inspector, who was said to be able to appeal to the judge.
The female suspect then contacted the victim on March 21 to inform that the so-called judge agreed to postpone the victim’s arrest warrant, provided that he paid the bail and legal costs.
"The victim had made nine transactions into three accounts given by the 'inspector', but eventually began to feel suspicious after being asked to make various payments," he said.
Supt Mohd Wazir said the victim lodged a police report at the Kuantan district police headquarters on Sunday (June 30).
The case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code which provides for a maximum jail sentence of 10 years and whipping and fine, upon conviction. - Bernama