JOHOR BAHRU – As they were too trusting and did not check with the authorities, four women in Pontian near here fell prey to the Macau Scam syndicate, losing a total of RM634,867.
Pontian police chief, Supt Zakaria Abd Rahman said the cases which occurred last month included the involvement of a teacher, private sector employee and a government pensioner, in their 40s and 60s.
He said the victims realised they had been duped when they found their bank accounts cleaned out.
Earlier, he added, the four women had received telephone calls on separate occasions from unknown individuals who claimed to be bank officers and senior police officers.
In reality, this was the syndicate’s modus operandi to dupe victims into parting with their money, said Zakaria in a statement here today.
The syndicate, he said, would inform the potential victims they had outstanding personal loans with financial institutions before connecting them to another of their members who posed as an officer in the police headquarters.
“They would then say the victims were involved in a criminal case such as money-laundering and drug smuggling, and offer to help them settle their cases whereby, a sum of surety money would be paid.
“However, the potential victim is told to open a bank account and provide the details of the account to the syndicate such as the pin number for internet banking.
“All these are aimed at enabling the syndicate members to withdraw money from the victim’s account,” he added. – BERNAMA