RM327.9mil lost to Macau scams since 2019


KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 5,527 Macau scam cases involving RM327.9mil in losses have been recorded since 2019, says Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din.

The Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) director said 2,266 cases in 2019 led to RM121.8mil in losses, followed by 2,247 cases last year (RM172.7mil).

“Between January and June this year, we recorded 814 cases so far with RM33.3mil in losses,” he said yesterday, adding that Macau scam syndicates had targeted 5,535 victims since 2019.

“Most of the victims are aged 51 and above, with 1,621 individuals (29.3%), followed by those aged between 21 and 30 (26.2%), between the ages of 31 and 40 (25.3%), those between 41 and 50 (17.8%) and those below 20 at 1.5%.

“We believe those aged 51 and above are most likely targets as they are less exposed to information.

“They are also financially stable and have savings for their retirement. It is very unfortunate when such victims lose their life savings to these scams,” he said.

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