Just recently, we learned that the Macau scam syndicate seem to favor posing as police, Bank Negara, and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officials to dupe victims.
This time, police in Penang have arrested two women and a man connected to a Macau Scam syndicate who allegedly fleeced almost RM500,000! It is believed that more than 14 such cases have solved around Bukit Mertajam, Kepala Batas, and Seberang Jaya following their arrest.
According to Penang police chief Comm Datuk Seri A. Thaiveegan, the suspects would pretend to be police, bank or Customs officers and call up victims to accuse them of illegal money transfers and smuggling.
Source: Malaysian Indian History
A 20-year-old woman in Bukit Mertajam was detained on July 31, after a 59-year-old lecturer lodged a police report after transferring RM310,000 into her bank account. He had earlier received a phone call from someone who claimed to be a police sergeant accusing him of being involved in illegal money transfers and smuggling from Thailand.
“The policeman then told him that he could ‘settle’ the case or he would be arrested and charged in court.”
The victim then transferred RM300,000 into a ‘Bank Negara account’.
“The ‘policeman’ called the victim again on July 28 to say that the case could not be settled and another RM10,000 must be banked into the account.
“After banking in the money, the ‘policeman’ couldn’t be contacted anymore.”
That was when the victim lodged a police report.
Following the first arrest, police arrested a woman and a man, both 21, in Penaga and Seberang Jaya the same day. Comm Thaiveegan said,
“Investigations showed that the man, who also posed as the ‘policeman’, had been to Japan and the United Arab Emirates to work with the Macau Scam syndicate since November last year.”
The three suspects have been remanded pending investigations into the cases classified as cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
Aside from that, the name of the scam is such because it is believed to have originated from Macau or that the first victims came from there. This has never been confirmed.
Good of them for arresting these scammers! They shouldn’t be walking free after cheating innocent civilians! Don’t get fooled into these scams people, stay safe!
(Source: The Star)