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Accountant Loses RM500,000 Savings To ‘Macau Scam’

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GEORGE TOWN – A male accountant in a private company here lost RM500,000 of his savings in several accounts after being cheated by individuals, believed to be a ‘Macau’ scam syndicate.

The victim, Lim Lye Bee, 53, said he received a message in his handphone from an individual claiming to be a bank officer, saying there was a transaction of RM4,299 from a jewellery shop.

“I was told to make a call to a number if I did not make the transaction. When I called the number, a woman told that I had RM7,900.45 arrears for my Visa Platinium credit card that was registered under my name on Aug 25. The woman told me my name has been misused by others and asked me to contact BNM through a number for investigation,” he said, here today.

The victim disclosed this reporters in a press conference at Penang MCA Public Complaints Bureau that was attended by Penang MCA public service and complaints bureau chief, Gui Guat Lye.

Lim, who serves as an accountant for the past 27 years, said he contacted the number given by the woman, and a man who claimed as a BNM officer advised him to close all of his bank accounts and give the account number to the suspect, then a top officer from BNM would call him.

“After that I received a call from a man claiming a BNM officer and asked me to transfer my savings to two BNM’s controlled account under the name of Looi Kai Weng and Low Chie Seng. Then I made nine transactions from my two accounts,” he said while informing that he just followed the syndicate’s instruction without suspecting anything.

He said the man informed that the BNM’s controlled accounts and the details of the case report would be handed to him after the matter was settled but he never received any feedback until today, and subsequently made the police report.

Meanwhile Timur Laut district police chief ACP Anuar Omar said the police had received the report and an investigation was being conducted.

He advised the public to not be deceived and make a check with BNM in order to ensure they would not be the ‘Macau’ scam victims. – BERNAMA

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