Retiree loses RM30,000 to Macau Scam

Mohamad Azim Fitri Abd Aziz

BENTONG: A government retiree fell victim to a Macau scam, losing RM30,000 of her savings yesterday, after being told that she was facing legal action with regards to a fraud case. State Commercial Crime Department chief Superintendent Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said in the 4.30pm incident, the victim from Taman Seroja Benus received a call from a man who disguised himself as a staff from the Alor Star High Court. He said the victim, in her 60s, was duped into giving her bank account details for fear of legal action she was told that her name was used by an unidentified person to set up a company. “The man then connected the call to a woman who later transferred the line to a man who introduced himself as Datuk Sapari. “The call was then transferred to another person who claimed to be an official from Bank Negara,” he said in a statement today. Mohd Wazir said the fourth suspect informed the victim that her bank account has been blocked due to a RM19,300 debt owed by the person who had used her name to set up a company. He said the Macau Scam syndicate member then asked for the victim’s bank account number, allegedly for investigation purposes. “The victim gave the information to the man, only to find RM30,000 was missing from her bank account later. She was left with RM2,300 in her account,” he said, adding that the victim then lodged a report at the Bentong police station. Mohd Wazir said the police had recorded the victim’s statement and are in the midst of tracking down the group. The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd