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KUCHING, July 30: A medical laboratory technologist in Bintulu lost RM400,000 to a Macau scam.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Sarawak Dato Mancha Ata in a statement today said the victim, a 40-year old woman, received a phone call in June from an individual through an unknown number claiming to be from Ministry of Communication and Digital informing that she had 27 reports concerning online gambling offences in Perak lodged against her.
He also said the victim was later allegedly connected to the Perak contingent police headquarters and spoke to an individual who claimed to be ‘Sargent Major Hong’ informing her that she was involved in money laundering and online gambling activities.
“The victim was instructed to talk with another individual known as ‘Inspector Umar’, who is the suspect, who later instructed her to transfer money to (a purported) Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) ‘confidential auditor bank account’ for investigation purpose.
“In June, the victim made 12 money transactions totaling RM100,000 to two different bank account numbers given by the suspect.
“She was later instructed to apply for a loan from three banks in mid-June with a total amount of RM300,000 and was told to cooperate by providing her three online banking identification numbers and passwords for further investigation,” he said.
Mancha added, the victim later found that a total of 21 transactions amounting to more than RM290,000 were made from all three of her bank accounts to four bank accounts.
The victim only realised that she had been scammed after informing her husband about the matter and she subsequently made a police report. — DayakDaily