A Grab driver was duped out of RM80,000 by a Macau Scam syndicate, recently.
It is believed that the 40-year-old man from Bandar Bera coughed-up the amount after a syndicate member claimed that he would be arrested for alleged involvement in illegal online gambling.
Pahang Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (JSJK) head Superintendent Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the victim received a phone call last month from the suspect, who introduced himself as a Telekom Malaysia (TM) staff member.
“The suspect told the victim his house phone line would be terminated within two hours as the victim’s name was registered in Kuala Lumpur as being party to an online gambling syndicate.
“The (victim) was (confused over the matter). As a result, the ‘TM staff member’ transferred the call to another suspect claiming to be ‘Corporal Mohd Azmi’,” he said in a statement, today.
Wazir said “Corporal Mohd Azmi” then informed the victim that a warrant of arrest had been issued, and asked the victim to transfer money to a specified account for the purposes of an ‘audit’.
Convinced that he was in trouble, the victim made 17 transactions to the account, with the amount transferred totalling RM80,000.