Senior citizen duped of savings by Macau scam syndicate

Shahrinnahar Latib

KUANTAN: A Felda settler who feared of being jailed for abetting with a criminal found himself poorer by RM68,000 after being conned of his life savings by a Macau Scam syndicate.

The con took place on Aug 8, when the 70-year-old victim from Felda Jengka 6 received a phone call from a person claiming to be Tuan Azman, a police officer from the Kuala Terengganu District Police station.

Pahang Police Commercial Criminal Investigation Department chief, Superintendent Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the police officer claimed that the victim had taken a RM70,000 personal loan from a bank and owed them the amount.

“In addition, the suspect also claimed that the victim was in cahoots and involved in a case with a criminal known as Tang Boo Hua.

“The victim denied that he had ever taken any personal loan from any bank as well as denied knowing Tang Boo Hua,” he said in a statement, today.

Wazir said Tuan Azman then asked the victim to make a cash transfer to a an account provided by him as a guarantee deposit for the case being taken to court.

“The victim who was worried that he could be jailed, made five fund transfers to an account provided by the suspect at a bank in Bandar Jengka on Aug 9,” he said.

Wazir said Tuan Azman had claimed to the victim that the funds transferred would be used to clear the senior citizen’s name from being associated with Tang Boo Hua in the personal loan case at the court.

“The total money transferred stood at RM68,000. After transferring the funds, the victim became suspicious and realised that he was duped by Tuan Azman,” he said adding that Tuan Azman continued to contact the victim, demanding more money from him.

The victim then lodged a police report at the Maran Police Station yesterday, he said.

Wazir said the latest modus operandi of the Macau Scam Syndicate sees them pretending to be as police personnel and claim that the victim was abetting with a criminal wanted by Police.

“We had recorded the conversation between the victim and the suspect and had also identified the account used by the syndicate for the fund transfer.

“The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code and those found guilty could face a maximum jail-term of 10 years as well as rotan,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd