Teacher loses RM1.13mil to scammers

KAJANG: A 49-year-old teacher is devastated after losing RM1.13mil to a Macau scam syndicate which impersonated the police.

“She told police that she was contacted by a ‘police officer’ who told her that her car was involved in a fatal accident and that money laundering was also involved in the incident.

“She was then directed to open two accounts and to link a telephone number provided by the suspect to these accounts,” said Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zaid Hassan in a statement, adding they received a report from the victim on Monday.

He said the victim then began transferring money to the accounts, supposedly to help with investigations.

“The suspect also told her to prepare bail money, and she took out personal loans with several banks and deposited the money into the same accounts.

“She later realised that something was amiss and lodged a police report fearing that she had been duped,” he said, adding that the woman lost RM1,132,475.

ACP Mohd Zaid urged the public to be cautious when dealing with anyone over the phone and not to be easily duped by Macau scam syndicates.

Macau scams often start with a phone call from someone pretending to be an officer from a bank, government agency or debt collector.

The scammer will then claim that the potential victim owes money or has an unpaid fine, often with a very short window of less than an hour, to settle the payment or face “dire consequences”.

These unsuspecting victims will then be asked to make payments to get them off the hook.

These syndicates also pay drug addicts and the unemployed for using their bank accounts to receive payments from victims.

To make the scam more convincing, these syndicates often use Voice Over Internet Protocol or spoofing so that the caller identification number that appears when they call looks identical to the phone number of the agency they are pretending to be from.

Those with information on such crimes should contact the police hotline at 03-2052 9999 or visit the nearest police station immediately.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that a businesswoman in Kuantan lost over RM93,000 to a Macau scam after being deceived into withdrawing the money and depositing it into a given account for allegedly being involved in money laundering.

The 40-year-old furniture trader claimed that on Sept 21, she was contacted by a man who introduced himself as a post office personnel and informed her that there was a parcel under her name, said Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof.

When the woman denied the parcel was hers, she was told that her identity might have been abused by another party and the call was then connected to a man who claimed to be a policeman.

“She claimed the policeman said her

personal information was in the list of

wanted persons for money laundering and that an arrest warrant under her name had been issued.

“The victim was then asked to speak to one Insp Baharun who asked her to withdraw her money in the bank and deposit it to a given account number where it will be frozen pending investigation,” he said yesterday.

Supt Mohd Wazir said the victim was told to not tell anyone about the investigation.

On Sept 28, she was contacted by a man who claimed to be from the audit division, asking her to bank in another RM20,000 as a guarantee for her bank account, he added.

He said the woman only realised she had been cheated after realising that she only had RM80.63 in her bank account and lodged a police report at the Rompin district police headquarters here.

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