LABUAN:A public university student was made RM43,470.00 poorer after falling prey to the Macau scam recently.
Labuan police chief Supt. Muhamad Farid Ahmad said the female student, 22, became a victim after responding to a call from unidentified caller who maqueraded as a policeman on Dec 7.
According to a police report lodged by the victim, the alleged scammer claimed the victim’s telephone line had long been used for illegal gambling and money laundering activities.
“The scammer threatened the victim, should she wants to avoid action being taken against her by the authorities, she must pay an amount of money,” Supt Farid said.
“She was worried and immediately conducted bank transactions via an ATM machine at Kompleks Ujana Kewangan and made payment to four accounts totaling RM43, 470.00 at 10am,” he told Bernama.
Barely a week after the student was made poorer, a 21-year-old man here was duped out of RM12, 740.00 of his savings by a loan scheme syndicate at 5.27pm on Dec 2.
The man ended up transferring the money into a bank account provided by the syndicate who claimed they were going to disburse RM30, 000 loan for him.
Farid said the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides for a maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping, and a fine, if convicted.