March 6, 2022 In cheated, Doctor

Doctor cheated of RM63,950 in Macau scam

Aemilius Cupero News:

KOTA KINABALU: A 31-year-old doctor in Sabah’s northern Kota Marudu has become the latest victim of a Macau scam syndicate.

The woman, who is working in a government hospital, lost RM63,950 after being deceived by the syndicate into believing that she owed some RM228,000 to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).

Kota Marudu OCPD Supt Zairolnizal Ishak said the doctor received a call from an individual who introduced himself as an LHDN officer at 1.50pm on Saturday (March 5).

He said the caller claimed that the victim’s name and MyKad were used by a company and that she had 15 months in tax arrears amounting to RM228,000.

Subsequently, the caller was connected to the “Melaka District Police Headquarters” and where another suspect allegedly claimed that the victim was involved in money laundering and drug smuggling.

The caller then told the victim to provide bank account information and online banking details as part of their “investigations” to identify whether the victim was involved in money laundering.

“The unsuspecting victim then gave the details of some of her bank accounts,” Supt Zairolnizal added.

However, later in the evening, the victim realised she had been deceived after checking her bank accounts.

She immediately lodged a report and police are investigating the case for cheating.

Macau scams often start with a phone call from someone pretending to be an officer from a bank, government agency or debt collector.

The scammer will then claim that the potential victim owes money or has an unpaid fine, often with a very short window of less than an hour, to settle the payment or face “dire consequences”.

These unsuspecting victims will then be asked to make payments to get themselves off the hook.