Macau scam syndicates still active during MCO

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SIBU, April 22: A housewife here found herself out of pocket to the sum of RM2,150 after she fell victim to a Macau scam.

Sibu district police chief, ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit revealed the 39-year complainant had received a call from a woman who identified herself as Asma binti Aziz from the Inland Revenue Board on the morning of April 21.

The caller informed the complainant that her name and identity card number had been used to register a company and that there was an unpaid tax of RM38,600.90.

The call was later purportedly transferred to the Kuantan police station where the complainant was informed by a supposed police officer her name had been blacklisted for the unpaid tax.

“After that, she was told the line would be transferred to Bank Negara for her to make a complain,” Stanley disclosed.

The complainant then spoke with someone claiming to be a Bank Negara officer who informed her that he could help remove her name from the blacklist provided that she paid a RM2,150 fee.

In the afternoon on the same day, at about 3.20pm, the complainant visited a bank at Jalan Kampung Nyabor to transfer RM2,150 to an account number provided by the suspect.

After making the transfer, the complainant realised she had been cheated and proceeded to lodge a police report.

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