A women in Kuantan claimed to have been scammed of RM859, 500 when she was instructed to follow instruction given by someone over the phone pretending to be a Police Inspector.
Malaysians are getting regularly scammed by unsuspecting phone calls from all sort of individuals either suspecting to be police officers, Bank Negara officials and even from customs departments. There has been reports of some wild fictions that these crooks scheme up to get their victims, including stories like a car using their number plate used for a robbery without their knowledge or a hit run involving them with their IC number under record. Scammers are using innovative tactics and cooking up some elaborate storyline even Steven Spielberg would be impressed.
The latest Macau Scam involving a 52 business women started off when she received a phone call with regards to a package from a delivery company. She was informed the package coming from Sabah and delivery address to Pahang is linked to be involved in black money transfer and has her IC and credit card inside. She was then told that the police will be taking over the case and will be contacting her on the matter and soon enough an Inspector who identified himself as Ku gives her a call and informs her that she is also being investigated for drugs. By this time we can already guess on how terrified this women must be, but the plot gets trickier.
Ku than asks her to open a new bank account and transfer all her savings so that when the investigation starts her account does not get frozen. She was then asked to include a phone number in the personal information column and share her account details to him. The victim proceeds to transfer RM509,500 into the account the next day and receives a follow up call from the Inspector informing her that she has to deposit more money if she does not want to be detained. She subsequently makes another 75 deposits amounting to RM350,000 to various accounts provided by the suspect who claimed the money will be returned once the investigation is completed.
After waiting for few days and attempts to call Ku came to no avail, the women realised that she had been scammed and decided to make an official police report. Playing on fear, emotion, threat and blackmail, the scam has all the plot lines of a suspense thriller we have often watched on TV or the cinema. Not taking anything away from the distress the women must be going through, its important everyone get more educated on such activities currently plaguing our society and not give any chance for this cheats to scrounge of innocent victims.