Johor Baru’s housewife loses more than RM1.03m in Macau Scam | Malaysia
JOHOR BARU, September 22 – A housewife lost RM 1.03 million after being deceived by members of a Macau scammers union who posed as Inland Revenue Board officials (IRB ) and police here recently.
Johor Police Chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the victim, a 69-year-old housewife, received a call from a man claiming to be an IRB officer informing her that she was involved in money laundering activities earlier this month.
He said the call was then linked to an individual posing as a police officer known as “Mr. Yong”.
âThe victim, who was scared, then followed the suspect’s instructions to open an international bank account in his name and gave the automated teller machine (ATM) card serial number and bank account PIN to the suspect.
âBetween September 3 and September 17, the victim transferred from five local bank accounts to one international bank account with a total value of RM 1.03 million,â Ayob Khan said in a statement released here today. hui.
Johor’s top cop also revealed that the victim turned over the bank account’s Transaction Authorization Code (TAC) number to the suspect.
A TAC number is a unique six-digit code that can be generated on a mobile device and received by text message for online mobile banking.
Ayob Khan said on September 21 that the victim checked the international bank account and found that much of his money was missing. She then realized that she had been duped.
“The case is under investigation under article 420 of the Criminal Code for cheating,” he said.
The Macau Scam is a telecommunications fraud from unions in Taiwan and China.
Lately, members of the local union have been using national lines claiming to belong to authorities or government agencies to trick victims into handing over large sums of money.
The number of victims of scams in the country has increased, with new reports surfacing every week.