Dentist ensnared in Macau scam, loses more than RM22K

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SIBU, Apr 8: A dentist lost RM22,500 in a Macau scam after he was threatened into believing that his name was involved in illegal activity.

Sibu district police chief, ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said on April 6, the 64-year old victim received a call from a man who claimed to be from a telecommunication company in Pahang.

“The suspect told him that his name has been used by someone for illegal gambling. After that the line was transferred to a ‘police officer’ ASP Andrew who advised him to make a police report through online,” he said.

The complainant had also revealed his identity card number and bank account details to ‘ASP Andrew’ on his request for investigation purposes.

“‘ASP Andrew’ told him that there was a bank account in Kuantan, Pahang which was under his name,” he continued.

The line was again transferred to another person, ‘ACP Normilla’ who requested the complainant to reveal his TAC (transaction authorisation code) of three of his three different bank accounts.

The complainant was shocked when he discovered that a total of RM22,500 had been transferred to another account number.

Feeling that he had been conned, he lodged a police report the next day.

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