Man accused of money laundering loses RM285,000 in scam

North Seberang Perai police chief Noorzainy Mohd Noor says the victim lost all his savings, which included insurance payouts from his son’s accident and sale of an old house. (Bernama pic)

GEORGE TOWN: A businessman in Butterworth lost RM285,000 to scammers after he was made to believe that he was involved in money laundering.

Police said the 49-year-old victim first received a phone call from a “Pos Laju officer” claiming that his parcel containing his credit card and MyKad had been confiscated.

The “officer” then passed the call to a “high-ranking police officer” from Pahang. This man, who identified himself as “Tuan Ang”, told the victim that he was suspected of money laundering and was about to be prosecuted.

He claimed the MyKad, credit card and bank transfers from a money-laundering syndicate member to the victim’s accounts were proof enough to charge the businessman.

The victim was asked to follow instructions to avoid being arrested and charged. The frightened victim transferred RM285,000 to nine bank accounts through 56 transactions between Dec 2 and 5.

North Seberang Perai police chief Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the victim lost all his savings, which included insurance payouts from his son’s accident and the sale of a house.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

Yesterday, it was reported that a clerk had 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.

The victim only realised she had been cheated when she found out she only had RM2,000 in her account on Dec 11.