Retired nurse tricked by RM121,000 in Macau scam

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SEREMBAN: A retired nurse had some 121,000 RM stolen in a scam in Macau here, said Negri Sembilan, head of the Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Superintendent Aibee Ab Ghani.

He said the 71-year-old victim was at her home in near Lenggeng by October 3 when she received a call from an individual claiming to be an insurance agent.

“The appellant questioned the victim about an insurance claim she allegedly made, but the victim denied making it.

“The call would then have been transferred to the Pudu police station where the victim spoke to a Sjn Adam and then to ‘Inspector Mastura’,” he said in a statement.

The victim was then informed that she was under investigation for her involvement in money laundering activities, which she denied.

Superintendent Aibee said the call was then transferred to another senior officer identified as “Puan Yong”.

“This Puan Yong asked the victim for details of her bank accounts and told her to transfer her savings from two accounts she had to a third account,” he said.

The victim then checked his third account along with his Tabung Haji savings and found that a total of RM 120,500 had been withdrawn without his knowledge.

Online withdrawals were made between October 8-10.

The case is being investigated under article 420 of the Criminal Code for cheating, punishable by imprisonment from one to 10 years, flogging and a fine, in case of conviction.

The term “Macau scam” was coined because it is believed to originate from Macau or that the first victims were from it.

The scam often begins with a phone call from someone posing as an agent of a bank, government agency or law enforcement agency, or a debt collector.

The scammer will tell the potential victim that they owe money or have an unpaid fine, often with a very short window to settle the payment or face “dire consequences.”

Victims will then be asked to make payments to get them out of the woods.

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