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An Engineer was robbed of RM24,300 out of phone scam

BALIK PULAU: An engineer was cheated out of RM24,300, being the latest Macau scam victim after receiving a call from the “Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)”.

According to Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A. Anbalagan, the 29-year-old received a call on Tuesday (Oct 15) from the scammer posing as a MACC officer.

“The man asked if he had opened a bank account in Sabah, and the victim said no.

“He then told the victim that there was an RM530,000 transaction under his name and that he was suspected to have been involved in money laundering.

“The victim was told that his name was listed on the Home Ministry’s website and there were two arrest warrants in his name, including for money laundering and drug distribution worth RM1.6mil, ” he said in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 16).

Believing the scammers, the victim gave his username and bank account password. Later, he received three transaction messages, Supt Anbalagan said.

“The suspect demanded the transaction codes from the victim.

“The victim only realised that he was scammed after the money was transferred and quickly reported the incident to Bukit Aman, ” he said.

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