Sibu woman loses RM80,000 to Macau scammers

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SIBU, Sept 16: A spare parts dealer was fleeced of RM80,000 in a Macau scam.

According to Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit, at about 4pm on Sept 15, the 47-year old victim received a call from a man who identified himself as from a foreign bank.

“The suspect told her that she had an outstanding balance of RM7,500 on her credit card. When she denied this, the line was purportedly transferred to a woman from Bank Negara,” he revealed.

The second woman offered to help the dealer settle the matter. However, the dealer was asked to reveal her ATM number and also her PIN.

“After she had given her (second woman) the numbers, she was shocked to find RM80,000 had been transferred to two different account numbers,” Stanley added.

The dealer realised that she had been conned and subsequently lodged a police report.

In a separate case, ACP Stanley revealed four men together with four workers had been arrested for operating an entertainment centre at Jalan Lau Kng Howe without a licence.

The four men aged 28 to 29 are joint owners of the centre.

“They were detained during an operation on illegal business conducted jointly by the police and Sibu Municipal Council at 10.15pm on Sept 15,” he said.

The arrests were made under Section 5(1) of the Entertainment Act 2000.

Stanley added that all of the suspects were later released on police bail. — DayakDaily