A university lecturer in Iskandar Puteri, Johor became RM1.3 million poorer after she was tricked by a Macau scam syndicate, reported Bernama.
Contacted by fake MOH officer
According to Johor police chief Kamarul Zaman Mamat, the 41-year-old woman received a call from an officer claiming to be from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and told her that she was found to have falsified a Covid-19 report in Sabah.
She was also told by another Sabah ‘police officer’ that she was involved in money laundering and drug activities.
“When the lecturer denied the allegations, she was instructed by the inspector to open a new bank account and submit the password as well as register the phone number given by the inspector to receive a transaction authorisation code (TAC),” he said.
Transferred RM1.3mil to scammers
In an attempt to protect her savings, the lecturer proceeded to follow the police officer’s intructions and transferred money between Oct 17, 2022, and Nov 25, 2022.
However, she only came to the realisation that she had been scammed after she discovered her money was siphoned to several different bank accounts in early January.
Kamarul said the case is currently being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.