Housewife loses RM5,180 to Macau scam syndicate

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SIBU, March 7: A 38-year-old housewife lost RM5,180 to the Macau scam here after she was duped into believing that she was involved in cheating cases.

Sibu district police chief, ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit, said the victim had received a phone call at 4pm, Thursday (March 5), from a man who claimed to be a staff of a courier company in Shanghai, China.

“The man told her that a parcel which she had sent had been detained in Shanghai. The line was subsequently transferred to a ‘police officer’ by the name of Chang Shee.

“The victim denied that the parcel was hers. When Chang See heard this, he requested for her name and identity card number to be reviewed,” he said.

When the “review” was done, the victim was told by Chang See that she was involved in 12 cheating cases.

The woman, who repeatedly denied her involvement, was told to provide proof by transferring all her money to an account provided by the “police” for investigation.

“She was given until 5pm the next day to do as told. As she was scared and worried, the victim had, at 4.20pm the same day, transferred RM5,180 to a local bank account number as provided by the suspect,” the Sibu OCPD said.

Stanley added that the victim realised she had been conned when the suspect could not be contacted. The woman lodged a police report on March 6.

“We are investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating,” he said. — DayakDaily