Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Book shop employee loses RM50,000 in Macau scam

Secara Rawak

BINTULU: A book shop employee has fallen victim to a Macau Scam after being cheated of RM50,400 by a person claiming to be a policeman from Penang.

Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department head Supt Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah said the victim, a 34-year-old man working in a book shop here, was initially contacted by one Cindy Wong, who claimed to be with the Penang Customs Department.

“The victim was told that the book shop owed RM51,076 in unpaid Goods and Services Tax (GST),” he said in a statement here.

Mustafa said the victim was then connected to the Penang Contingent Police Headquarters via telephone number 04-2221522 and spoke to one Sargeant Liew, who told him that he was also involved in a drugs case and that his partner, Ong Kai Fei, had been arrested.

He said the victim, who was told that the case could be settled if he paid some money, then made four transactions amounting to RM50,400 into three bank accounts given by Sargeant Liew between Dec 7 and Dec 17.

“The victim was then told not to tell anyone about the transactions,” he said, adding that the victim only realised he had been cheated when he related the incident to his employer, who knew it was a scam having received a call from the same number previously.

“The victim lodged a police report yesterday,” he said.– BERNAMA

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