Miri clerk loses RM500,000 savings in Macau scam

Sarawak Commercial CID chief Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah says the victim only realised she had been cheated after finding only RM2,000 left in her bank account. (Bernama pic)

KUCHING: A clerk lost RM488,000 after falling victim to a Macau scam in Miri recently.

Sarawak Commercial CID chief Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah today said the 58-year-old clerk lost the money after being threatened through a telephone call that she was involved in money laundering.

‘’The victim first received a call on Nov 17 from an individual masquerading as a policeman, Sergeant Yap Chee Hong, who accused her of having two cases in court.

“The victim’s telephone number was allegedly used for cheating and her bank account was used for money laundering,’’ Mustafa said here.

Frightened by the allegations, he said the victim complied with the person’s order to reveal her user identity and password for her online bank account with the hope that she would be let off the charges.

‘’It was only on Dec 11 (yesterday) that she realised she had been cheated when she found she only had RM2,000 in her bank account,’’ he said.

Police have started investigations into the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

Mustafa also advised those receiving such telephone calls not to comply with the instructions of the callers asking for their personal or financial information because the authorities would not use the telephone to obtain such information.