IPOH: A 51-year-old clerk lost about RM80, 000 in Teluk Intan to a man claiming to be a police officer in what is believed to be a Macau scam.
Hilir Perak OCPD Asst Comm Ahmad Adnan Basri said the woman received a call earlier this month from a person claiming to be a police officer from Sabah, stating that the victim was involved in money-laundering activities.
He said the suspect called using a landline to convince the woman that the call was made from Sabah, and subsequently used a mobile number to communicate with her.
“The suspect told the woman that if she wanted to settle the problem, she needed to make payments first.
“Out of fear, the woman withdrew RM65, 000 from her savings account and borrowed RM14, 600 from four friends between June 4 and June 6 and deposited a total of RM76, 600 into two different bank accounts provided by the suspect.
ACP Ahmad Adnan said that after she made the transaction, the victim could not contact the "police officer".
ACP Adnan said the suspect is being traced by police, and he urged the public not to blindly fall into such traps.
He said those receiving such calls must check with the police first on their authenticity.
“The calls made from 01112715059 by the suspect showed that the calls were made from Miri in Sarawak, ” he added.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.