Housewife loses RM15,000 to Macau Scam

KEPALA BATAS, A housewife lost RM15,000 to a Macau Scam after being deceived into believing that she was involved in a drug case and money laundering.

Seberang Perai Utara (SPU) district police chief ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the woman, aged 47, claimed she received a call from someone claiming to be from Telekom Malaysia (TM), who told her that her personal particulars had been used by someone to register a line with TM.

The woman denied and the call was transferred to the Kuala Lumpur police contingent for her to lodge a report when a man, claiming to be a police officer, took the call and told her that she was also linked to a drug case and money laundering, he said.

He said the woman was then told to bank in RM15,000 into an account to facilitate investigation, failing which she would be arrested as a warrant of arrest had already been issued against her.

Noorzainy said the woman banked in the money as was told and only realised she was scammed after telling her family members about it when she failed to contact the police officer and then lodged a police report yesterday.

In another development, he said, a businessman was cheated of RM4,380 to an online loan scam.

He said the victim, aged 32, saw the advertisement offering personal loan at a very low interest rate on Facebook and applied for RM30,000.

The victim was asked to make several payments to get the loan approved and he paid RM4,380 into two bank accounts as was told, he added.

He said the businessman realised he was cheated after the loan money was not deposited into his account and his attempts to contact the agent went futile .

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)