(Malaysia News) – A senior citizen suffered a whopping RM1.8mil in losses after a Macau scam syndicate duped her.
Selangor Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Asst Comm Muhammad Yazid Muhammad Yew said the 66-year-old woman lodged a report about the scam at the Petaling Jaya police office on Friday.
How she got scammed
“The woman received a call from a scammer, who was posing as a Pos Laju official in April. He informed her that there’s a package along with her name containing ATM and identification cards.
“The woman denied that the package was hers. This was before her call was supposedly transferred to the Sabah police office. For her to create a police report, ” he said during a statement.
ACP Muhammad Yazid said a syndicate member posing as a peace officer told the victim she is having a part in concealment and fraud.
“The victim followed the instructions. She transferred her savings to 29 bank accounts given by the suspect afraid that she would be arrested, ” he said.
Besides her savings, the victim also borrowed from relatives and friends until the number reached RM1.8mil.
He said, “By then, she realizes she is a victim of the duping, ”
“Despite numerous efforts to teach the general public, Macau scam syndicates still manage to fool some members of the general public.
“If you receive any suspicious calls, refer the concern the police. Also, refer to members of the family or friends before transferring money. The general public must be more vigilant when handling scammers, ” he said.
It often starts with a call from someone pretending to be an official. Either from a bank, government or enforcement agency or debt collector.
The scammer will then claim that the potential victim owes money or has an unpaid fine, often with a really short window of but an hour, to settle the payment or face “dire consequences”.
To urge them off the hook, the syndicates will ask the unsuspecting victims to pay money.
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