Housewife loses RM239,000 to Macau Scam

Housewife loses RM239,000 to Macau Scam

MIRI: A woman lost RM239,000 of her savings to an individual posing as a police officer on Thursday.

Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Supt Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah said, the 40-year-old housewife was contacted by a man claiming to be Customs officer on April 4 saying the victim had a Goods and Services Tax (GST) debt amounting to RM45,700.00 for a company registered on her name.

“She denied it and was later put on to a man claiming to be a police officer who told the victim she was involved in a money laundering case amounting to RM1.2 million,” he said in a statement today.

Mustafa said the victim had been threatened either to surrender or to transfer money from the victim’s account to the account of the suspect for investigation purpose and if the victim did not cooperate she would be arrested.

The victim panicked and followed the suspect’s instructions by opening a new account and transferring RM213,000 and then RM26,000 to the suspect’s account,” he said.

According to him, the suspect transferred all the money from the victim’s account online after the victim gave her online banking information such as username and password to the suspect.


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