Teacher loses RM120,000 of her savings in Macau scam

Some of the equipment seized from a Macau scam syndicate smashed recently. (Bernama pic)

KUANTAN: A female teacher claimed she had lost RM120,000 in a Macau syndicate scam which duped her into believing she was involved in an investigation over drugs and money laundering.

Pahang Commercial Crime Investigations Department chief Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the 50-year-old victim had received a phone call from a man who claimed to be from the Kuala Terengganu district court at 9.30am on Thursday.

The suspect allegedly said the victim had an outstanding credit card debt of RM13,600.10 before “transferring” the call to the police.

“The complainant said she panicked when informed that she was involved in drugs and money laundering activities, and that the money in her account would be frozen until the end of the investigation.

“The victim said she was ordered to transfer money into the account provided by the suspect, for fear of losing all her savings,” he told reporters here today.

Wazir said the victim made a withdrawal from a bank near her workplace in Rompin, near here, and proceeded to deposit the money into the suspect’s account the same day.

However, after a few days, the victim realised she had been cheated, and filed a report at the Rompin district police headquarters yesterday.