JOHOR BARU: A housewife lost more than RM300,000 of her savings after falling for a Macau scam.
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Padzli Mohd Zain said the 55-year-old victim lodged a report with the police at 4.07pm on Tuesday (May 4).
“The woman claimed that she had been cheated after receiving a call from an individual posing as an officer from a government agency.
“The caller told the victim that a company had been registered under her name where it is carrying out money laundering activities, ” he said here on Wednesday (May 5).
ACP Mohd Padzli added that the victim was then told to download a banking app and fill up her bank account particulars through the app.
“After filling up all of her personal information on the app, she found that there have been several monetary transactions from her banking account to four bank accounts between April 2 and April 5 amounting to RM309,311, ” he said.
ACP Mohd Padzli added the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
The term “Macau scam” was coined as it is believed it originated from Macau or that the first victims came from there.
The scam often starts with a phone call from someone pretending to be an officer from a bank, government or law enforcement agency or debt collector.
The scammer will tell the potential victim that they owe money or has an unpaid fine, often with a very short window to settle the payment or face “dire consequences”.
The victims will then be asked to make payments to get them off the hook.