KUANTAN: A farmer in Cameron Highlands was made RM290,606.80 poorer within a week by a Macau scam syndicate which had duped her into believing she was involved in drug smuggling activities.
Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusuf said the victim, a 54-year-old woman, said she had made payments to members of the syndicate between April 22 and May 1.
She was first contacted by a ‘representative’ of a delivery company on April 22 who informed her that a parcel addressed to her from Sarawak contained drugs, and as a result she was required to contact the police.
“The victim claimed she was then connected to one ‘Tuan Yong’, who claimed to be a Bukit Aman officer who could resolve her problem if she deposited money into various accounts.
“Panicked, the victim initially followed his instructions, but she grew impatient when he kept persuading her for more cash deposits,” he told newsmen here today.
Mohd Wazir said the victim finally lodged a report at the Cameron Highlands district police headquarters yesterday.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail sentence of up to 10 years and caning upon conviction.
Ex-soldier loses RM10,500 after phone call about illegal gambling syndicate
In a separate case, a 71-year-old ex-serviceman from here also became yet another victim of a Macau scam and lost RM10,500 to the syndicate.
The victim was contacted by a person impersonating a telecommunications company representative, and was then told his telephone number was being used as part of illegal gambling operations.
“The victim was then informed that there was an arrest warrant issued against him, and he was required to make payments to the court’s bank account. He was also told to be discreet about the matter for three days.
“However, the victim realised he had been scammed after deciding to share the matter with his daughter yesterday.”