A Malaysian housewife has lost approximately RM1 million after falling for what’s known as a Macau scam recently. It appears as though the perpetrators had pretended to be a Telekom Malaysia officer and a policeman to dupe her.
According to the Kuala Lumpur commercial crime investigation department chief Mohd Mahidisham Ishak, the housewife made a police report last Wednesday once she realised she was conned. She had first received a call from someone claiming to be a TM officer on the 15 of January, who told her that her personal details was used for an online registration with TM and that she had unpaid fees to go along with it.
Mohd Mahidisham Ishak then added that the call was transferred to another person, this time claiming to be a police officer. The bogus cop now claimed that the housewife’s name was involved in narcotics crimes and money laundering activities too. She was then told to make fund transfers to seven different accounts amounting to RM1 million.
However, the housewife later tried to contact the police officer again after making the transfers, but couldn’t get hold of him. Mohd Mahidisham Ishak says that the police are currently investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
If you get such calls, you are advised to be wary and cautious before making any fund transfers to unknown bank account numbers. You can also contact the CCID Infoline on WhatsApp at 013-2111222, call the Kuala Lumpur Police Hotline at 03-21460584 or the CCID Scam Response Centre at 03-26101559 too. Alternatively, you can also head over to your local police station to make a report.