Elderly Cheated Nearly RM700,000 Into Macau Scam
JOHOR BARU: An elderly person lost almost RM700,000 of his savings after being duped by a suspect posing as a Bukit Aman policeman who wanted to investigate his bank account.
Johor Police Chief, responsible for commercial crime, Amran Md Jusin, said the 74-year-old woman filed a police report on the case on Friday, December 24.
âThe victim, who worked as a car saleswoman in Kluang, received a phone call on December 16 from a stranger posing as an Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) agent, informing her that she had recorded a company with back taxes amounting to RM 55,800, “he said.
“She was then directed to a person in Bukit Aman by the name of ‘Datuk Suhaimi’, who then sent a link to the victim’s phone ordering him to fill in his personal and bank details,” added ACP Amran.
He then said in a statement on Saturday (December 25) that the victim had acceded to the crooks ‘request and provided his information and access to his bank account and to his siblings’ joint bank account.
ACP Amran added that the person then ordered the victim to transfer all of his personal savings to the crooks’ account under the pretext of investigating the account.
“The victim then transferred 312,795 RM to the crooks’ account, and there was still about 400,000 RM left in his account and the joint account.
However, on December 24, the victim performed checks on his bank account and discovered that there had been unknown transfers from his account to an unknown account between Tuesday (December 21) and Friday (December 24).
âA total of RM 697,000 was transferred via ‘Duit Now’. The victim realized she had been duped and filed a police report the same day,â he said, adding that the matter was under investigation under section 420 of the Act. Penal code for cheating.
ACP Amran also said members of the public should always make sure they are dealing with the right people or the right company.
“We also encourage the public to use the ‘Semak Mule’ website or app to check any suspicious accounts or CCID’s Facebook page for any information on commercial crime,” he said.
The term “Macau Scam” was coined because it is believed to originate from Macau or that the first victims came from there. This has never been confirmed.
The scam often begins with a phone call from someone posing as an agent of a bank, government agency, or debt collector.
The scammer will then claim that the potential victim owes money or has an unpaid fine, often with a very short window of less than an hour, to settle the payment or face “dire consequences”.
These unsuspecting victims will then be asked to make payments to bail them out.