Acounts clerk duped of life savings totalling RM101k in Macau scam

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SIBU, May 24: An accounts clerk was duped of her life savings of RM101,000 in a Macau scam.

Sibu District police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said at about 8am on May 18 while the victim, 37, was at her home  in Jalan Satria, she received a call from an individual who introduced himself as a Telekom officer.

“The caller told her that she had a bill arrears amounting to RM537.45 for a land line in Kuantan, Pahang. Subsequently the line was transferred to a man who identified himself as a policeman named ‘Sergeant Johari’,” he said.

The suspect had also threatened her that her name had been used in money laundering activities.

According to Stanley, on the same day, the victim was also contacted by a man who introduced himself as ‘Sergeant Albert Lai’.

“The suspect told her that they would investigate the allegations made against her,” he said.

Not long after that, she received a short message service which told her that an individual named ‘Tuan Ling’ had sent a warrant of arrest and a letter to freeze her assets.

“She has also received a notice from the National Audit Department, which asked her to make a payment of RM12,800 to enable them to conduct an investigation,” he added.

From there onwards, the victim was asked to make payments to several bank accounts provided.

Out of fear, she made a total of six transactions totalling RM101,000 to several accounts.

The victim on May 22 only realised that she had been cheated when she could no longer contacted the suspects.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating. — DayakDaily