MIRI: A civil servant here lost RM1,096,800 after falling victim to the Macau scam early this month.
Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah said the woman aged 52 was contacted on May 7 by another woman named Syaifa Omar who claimed to be from a Terengganu court.
He said the victim was allegedly told by the woman that her bank account had been compromised for drug smuggling and money laundering totalling RM90,000.
The victim was then contacted by a man named Sufian Sulaiman who warned her that her account would be frozen and advised her to open a new savings account and transfer her money to it.
The man also advised the victim to change her registered online banking contact number to the number given by him.
On the instructions of the man, the victim claimed she credited her whole savings of RM1,096,800 into the other account in stages from May 7 until May 20 through 18 transactions.
“The victim only realised that she had been cheated after checking her account through the automated teller machine (ATM) and found only RM21 in her balance,” Mustafa said in a statement today.
He cautioned the public against responding to calls from unidentified individuals and to contact 013-2111222 should they have any information on the Macau scam.
“The police or government agencies would never ask the public to bank in money or make payments, to settle summonses and so on, through the ATM to personal accounts,” he said.
He said 63 cases of the Macau scam, involving RM3.9 million, were reported between Jan 1 and May 20 this year alone, with 15 arrests.