Retired teacher loses over RM310k to Macau Scam
Published on: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Johor: A retired teacher lost her savings of RM317,500 to a Macau Scam syndicate in an incident last Tuesday.Acting Batu Pahat District Police Chief Supt KS Mender Singh said it began when the victim, aged 60, received a telephone call from a man claiming to be a court staff at about 10.30am, who then connected the call to a policeman.

He said the woman was told that she had arrears in credit card payment and that the card had been used by someone to commit crime and that her name was also connected to drug smuggling and money- laundering activities.

"Scared with all the accusations made against her, the woman did as was told, including giving the details of her bank account, which she was told was needed to facilitate investigation by the police.

"She was then asked to make a cash deposit of RM317,500, with a promise that the money would be returned upon completion of the investigation, which would take less than 30 minutes.

"The woman realised that she was cheated after she did not get back the money after 30 minutes as promised, and her attempts to contact the telephone number given by the suspect went futile," he said in a statement Tuesday.

The woman then lodged a report at the Batu Pahat police station.

In another development, Mender Singh said efforts were being made to eliminate gambling activities in Batu Pahat with 27 raids conducted last week during which 27 individuals were detained.

"The police are now working with the Batu Pahat Municipal Council to track down premises that are used as venues for illegal gambling activities," he added.

Meanwhile, in KEMAMAN, police shot dead a criminal who was high on the wanted list for 12 serious crimes, including the murder of former Alor Limbat State Assemblyman Alias Abdullah in 2015.

The suspect, Syukri Muhamad Abiah, 37, from Pasir Putih, Kelantan, died in a shoot-out with a police team at Felda Neram Satu in a raid at about 4.30am on Monday.

According to State Criminal Investigation Department Chief Assistant Commissioner Fazlisyam Abd Majid, the man died at the scene after he was shot in the chest and head.


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