Lec­turer loses nearly RM50,000 in sus­pected Ma­cau scam

The Borneo Post - - HOME - Novem­ber 11, 2018

KUCH­ING: A man has lost nearly RM50,000 from his sav­ings in what is be­lieved to be an­other case of Ma­cau scam.

Sarawak Com­mer­cial Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment (CCID) chief Supt Mustafa Ka­mal said the 30-year-old com­plainant, a lec­turer, first re­ceived a call on Thurs­day from a woman ask­ing him if he had re­ceived a let­ter that al­leged his in­volve­ment in cor­rup­tion.

Af­ter that, the line was trans­ferred to a man who in­tro­duced him­self as a Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) of­fi­cer, who in­formed the lec­turer that the lat­ter was a sus­pect in a money laun­der­ing case.

“The man (MACC of­fi­cer) then ad­vised the vic­tim to co­op­er­ate with po­lice from Bukit Aman, to which the line was al­legedly trans­ferred to. Then, two in­di­vid­u­als – claim­ing to be po­lice of­fi­cers – briefed the vic­tim about the (money laun­der­ing) case, be­fore in­form­ing him that his ac­count would be frozen.

“In a state of fear and panic, the lec­turer made a trans­fer of RM49,758 to an ac­count via on­line bank­ing at 6.30pm,” said Mustafa, adding that the lec­turer lodged a po­lice re­port on Thurs­day.

The Sarawak CCID chief also pointed out a sim­i­lar case in Bin­tulu, where a 24-yearold com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­troller suf­fered losses of RM19,500.

It is re­ported that on Oct 29, the com­plainant was con­tacted by a man claim­ing to be an of­fi­cer of a court in Melaka, who in­formed the for­mer about his al­leged in­volve­ment in a court case, which could re­sult in him be­ing ar­rested and his as­sets frozen.

The ‘court of­fi­cer’ then in­structed the vic­tim to make trans­ac­tions into two bank ac­counts, said Mustafa.

“Threat­ened by the risks of him be­ing ar­rested and his as­sets frozen, the vic­tim trans­ferred RM16,000 into the first ac­count, and RM3,500 into the sec­ond ac­count,” he said, adding that the com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­troller lodged a po­lice re­port on Fri­day af­ter sens­ing some­thing amiss about the in­ci­dent.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Mustafa also said there was one in­di­vid­ual in Miri who re­ported about re­ceiv­ing the same type of call – how­ever, the Mirian did not fall vic­tim to the scam.

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