Civil servant loses RM28,600 after falling prey to Macau scam

JOHOR BARU: A 35-year-old civil servant has been cheated of RM28,600 from her savings in another Macau scam case here.

Johor Baru North OCPD Asst Comm Rupiah Abd Wahid said the victim lodged a report with the police on Thursday (March 4).

“The victim received a call from a person claiming to be an officer from the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN), claiming that she had RM16,000 in income tax arrears.

“The call was then transferred to the 'Kuantan police district headquarters' where the victim then spoke to a man claiming to be a police officer, ” she said here on Friday (March 5).

ACP Rupiah added the “officer” then claimed he had made some background checks on the victim’s name and found that she was allegedly involved in money-laundering and drug cases.

She said the victim was then instructed to give all of her bank details and PIN number for investigation purposes.

“The victim was also instructed to go to the nearest ATM and transfer money to another account for checking purposes.

"The victim transferred RM28,600 into the account at 5.28pm on Thursday and only realised she had been cheated when she arrived home, ” she added.

ACP Rupiah reminded the public to always conduct proper checks with the relevant authorities when receiving such calls from unknown numbers.

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