Se­nior ci­ti­zens lat­est vic­tims in scam

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KONG SEE HOH

HOME alone re­tirees easy prey for scam­mers? Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in China Press yes­ter­day, lonely se­nior ci­ti­zens with fat sav­ings ac­counts have be­come the lat­est tar­gets of Ma­cau scam syn­di­cates.

In the lat­est re­ported case in Se­lan­gor, a re­tired busi­ness­woman in her 70s lost RM1.8 mil­lion to one such syn­di­cate.

Se­lan­gor Com­mer­cial Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment chief ACP Nor Az­man Muham­mad Yu­sof dis­closed that in the first five months of this year alone, the depart­ment re­ceived re­ports on 279 Ma­cau scam cases in­volv­ing a to­tal of RM13,672,384, with Chi­nese ac­count­ing for 70% of the vic­tims.

He said the scam­mers mas­quer­aded as en­force­ment of­fi­cers, telling their vic­tims over the phone that their chil­dren had com­mit­ted crim­i­nal of­fences.

Un­able to con­tact their chil­dren be­cause their lines were jammed by these scam­mers, the vic­tims be­lieved what they have been told.

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view with Chi­nese press at the Se­lan­gor po­lice head­quar­ters in Shah Alam on Mon­day, Nor Az­man said the state po­lice re­ceived a to­tal of 483 Ma­cau scam re­ports in­volv­ing RM30,929,003 last year.

In the lat­est case last month, the vic­tim re­ceived a call pur­port­edly from the po­lice, telling her that her son was in­volved in a cheat­ing case.

The bo­gus po­lice of­fi­cer asked for money in re­turn for let­ting her son go free with­out ac­tion taken, he said.

“The scam­mers threat­ened the vic­tim against talk­ing to any­body about the case. The pan­icky re­tired busi­ness­woman cred­ited a to­tal RM1.8 mil­lion into bank ac­counts given by the scam­mers via sev­eral trans­ac­tions be­fore she re­alised that it was a scam,” said Nor Az­man.

He said po­lice will hold a se­ries of di­a­logues with the pub­lic to make them aware of the modus operandi of Ma­cau scam­mers and put a stop to such scams.

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