Woman loses over MYR100,000 in Macau scam

ALOR SETAR (BERNAMA) – A 35-year-old woman lost MYR106,500 after being deceived by a Macau Scam syndicate after being told that she was involved in money laundering and drug activities, on September 20.

Kedah Commercial CID chief Supt Elias Omar said a person named Encik Razali allegedly from the Kuala Lumpur Post Office had telephoned the woman, from Sungai Petani, over an envelope under her name containing an identity card and eight automatic teller machine cards she had sent from Alor Setar.

He said the man also told her that a check on the identity card found the victim was allegedly involved with money launderings and drugs.

“She was connected to purportedly the Seremban district police headquarters (IPD) and was told to contact 999 to lodge a police report online as it was said to be a heavy case,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Elias said the victim was then put through to several other individuals claiming to be policemen and was ordered to go to the Seremban IPD in two hours, failing which, a warrant of arrest would be issued.

Malaysian ringgit notes are seen among other currency notes. PHOTO: AFP

“The victim was then connected to a Puan Maria who introduced herself as a senior officer at the Seremban IPD. The suspect directed her to transfer her money to accounts she gave, purportedly for insurance coverage.

“The victim then transferred MYR106,500 on September 29 and October 1 into two CIMB bank accounts. She told her family members about what had happened and realised that she had been cheated,” he said.

Elias said the victim then lodged a report at the Sungai Petani Police Station on October 1 and an investigation paper was opened under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

“I urged the public not to be easily duped by this syndicate or give out personal details online. Check with the police for confirmation if you receive any telephone call,” he added.