Engineer cheated out of RM24,300 in phone scam

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 16 Oct 2019

BALIK PULAU: An engineer became the latest Macau scam victim when he was cheated out of RM24,300 after receiving a call from “Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)”.

Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A. Anbalagan said the 29-year-old received a call on Tuesday (Oct 15) from the scammer posing as a MACC officer.

“The man asked if he had opened a bank account in Sabah, and the victim said no.

“He then told the victim that there was a RM530,000 transaction under his name and that he was suspected to have been involved in money laundering.

“The victim was then connected to 'Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department', where another man, who identified himself as 'Sarjan Samad', spoke to him.

“The victim was told that his name was listed in the Home Ministry’s website and there were two arrest warrants in his name, including for money laundering and drug distribution worth RM1.6mil, ” he said in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 16).

Supt Anbalagan added that the victim, believing the scammers, gave his username and bank account password. Later, he received three transaction messages.

“The suspect demanded the transaction codes from the victim.

“The victim only realised that he was scammed after the money was transferred and quickly reported the incident to Bukit Aman, ” he said.

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