Macau scam sees hotel clerk losing RM8,235

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SIBU, Feb 19: A hotel clerk was siphoned of RM8,235 in a Macau scam by three men who frightened her into thinking her name had been used in illegal activities.

Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said at about 9am on Feb 17, the victim received a call from a man who identified himself as ‘Mike Tan’, claiming to be a law officer from Johor Bahru judiciary department.

She was told that her name had been used to register a company called Syarikat Perabot Kempas Enterprise and that the company had evaded corporate tax amounting to RM18,366.28.

“Subsequently, the victim was connected to a ‘police officer’ named ‘Sgt Safarudin Mustapa’ from Johor Bahru who informed her that her name was involved in drug trafficking including money laundering of RM16,000,” he said.

Stanley said that when the victim denied all these allegations, she was connected to another person, ‘Dato ACP Koh’.

“She was told by ‘Dato ACP Koh’ that if she wanted to settle the problem, she had to provide him with her 16-debit card number including the password so that ‘Bank Negara’ could investigate whether her account had been used for money laundering,” he said.

Half an hour later, the victim was shocked when she received an SMS informing her that RM8,235.29 from her account had been transferred to another account.

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