MELAKA: A government pensioner lost RM20,000 after being cheated by a Macau scam syndicate, claiming that he was involved in an illegal money laundering case.
Melaka Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt E. Sundra Rajan said the 70-year-old male victim received a call on Jan 6, where the caller claimed that he was a police officer.
"The caller had claimed that there was a warrant of arrest for the victim.
"The scammer later asked the victim to deposit RM10,000 as an inducement to avoid being arrested," he said on Thursday (Jan 14).
Supt Sundra Rajan said the scammer made another call the next day and asked the victim to deposit another RM10,000.
He said the victim was too afraid and decided to deposit the amount.
Supt Sundra Rajan said the victim later narrated his ordeal to his family members, and they advised him to lodge a police report.
He added that a report was lodged at Jasin police headquarters on Wednesday (Jan 13) and the investigation is ongoing under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
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