Housewife loses RM153k to scam syndicate

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By Brad Rantayy

LIMBANG, Aug 27: A housewife from Kampung Mulaut, Brunei, lost RM153,500 after falling victim to a parcel scam syndicate.

According to sources, the incident came to light on the evening of Aug 24, after the victim told her husband, a Malaysian from Limbang, on the incident.

It was understood that it all started after the victim received a WhatsApp message from a man who introduced himself as “Zacky” from the United States, offering to give her commission for every jewellery she managed to sell.

After persuading the victim to join his business venture, the suspect (Zacky) said that a parcel containing the jewellery would be couriered to Brunei.

A few days later, the victim received a call from the suspect and was told that she required to make some payment to release the said parcel, claiming that it was held by Brunei Customs.

Worried and feeling the urge to claim the ‘parcel’, she made three transactions totaling at RM153,500 on Aug 13, 16 and 21 to an account stated by the syndicate.

Eventually realising that she could have been cheated, the victim told her husband of the incident, which led to a police report filed on Sunday (Aug 25) at Limbang police station. — DayakDaily