Two pensioners from Penang scammed RM390,500 in Macau

KEPALA BATAS: Two women in their 60s have lost RM390,500 after they were deceived by Macau scam syndicates who claimed they were both involved in corruption and drugs in two separate incidents.

Seberang Perai Utara District Police Chief ACP Mohd Radzi Ahmad said the two women filed a complaint with the police on Monday March 7 after realizing that money from their respective bank accounts had been withdrawn in stages by through money transfers.

“In the first incident, the victim was duped out of RM148,000 when she initially received a call from a woman who introduced herself as a prosecutor’s office. She told the victim that she was involved in a case of corruption and money laundering before asking him to cooperate to avoid arrest,” said ACP Mohd Radzi.

He added that the suspect then asked the woman to open a new bank account and transfer all her money to the bank account for investigation and to prevent the money from being confiscated.

“The frightened victim followed the instructions and gave his bank details to the scammer,” ACP Mohd Radzi added in a statement Wednesday, March 9.

He added that the victim filed a complaint after realizing that she had been cheated upon learning that her entire savings amounting to RM148,009 had been transferred in stages to her new account.

He added that the second woman lost RM242,500 after being contacted by a man claiming to be an insurance agent to inform her that she was involved in a fraudulent claim and drugs.

ACP Mohd Radzi later said the suspect asked the victim to reactivate a dormant account belonging to him by posting RM280,000 as bail to avoid arrest. The woman then transferred her savings and loans totaling RM242,500 to the bank account and gave all the bank details.

“The victim only realized that she had been duped after trying to deposit the remaining deposit of RM37,500, which she had borrowed from family members into the new account. But she discovered that all the RM242,500 had been withdrawn through money transfers,” he said. said, adding that the woman then filed a police report.

Both cases are being investigated under Article 420 of the Penal Code.

The term “Macau scam” was coined because it is believed to have originated in Macau or the first victims came from there. This has never been confirmed.

The scam often begins with a phone call from someone claiming to be 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 “disastrous consequences”.

These unsuspecting victims will then be asked to make payments to get them off the hook. – Bernama

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