KUCHING: A civil servant in Bau near here fell prey to a Macau scam syndicate, losing RM160,000.
Sarawak Commercial Criminal Investigation Department (CCID) chief Supt Maria Rasid said the victim, a man in his 30s, received a call from an unknown woman who claimed to be from the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), on July 4.
“The woman told the victim that he had tax arrears amounting to RM38,000 from a company named ‘Anco Marketing & Supply’ said to be registered in the victim’s name. However, the victim denied the claims.
“Having denied the matter, the victim was instructed to make a police report online and contact an Insp Muhammad Ali and an ACP Datuk Syahrizal from the Pahang police Criminal Branch.”
The victim was then informed that he was involved in money laundering and drug activities, and in order to solve the case, he was instructed to give his personal and banking information in the MyBNM app.
After doing as told, the victim was then told to pay RM228,000 to the court.
The victim made a personal loan from a financial institution due to shortage of money — the approved loan was put into the victim’s savings account.
“On July 23, the financial institution informed the victim that there were two transfer transactions amounting to RM160,000 from the savings account to another account,” Supt Maria said, adding that a police report was lodged on Saturday (July 24).
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.