KUANTAN: Two Macau scam syndicate members impersonating as policemen duped a 55-year-old lorry driver into believing that he was involved in money laundering and drug smuggling activities earlier this week.
Fearing that he will end up behind bars, the victim, who works in a plantation in Maran, ended up being cheated RM13,000 of his savings.
In the incident on Oct 8, the victim received a call from a woman claiming to be a staff from a bank saying he had borrowed RM30,000 loan from the financial institution and had defaulted his payment totaling RM1,056.
When the victim refuted the allegation saying he had never taken any loan from the bank, the call was transferred to the “Terengganu police headquarters” so that the victim could lodge a police report.
The victim spoke to Sergeant Mohd Rehan who then informed the victim that checks revealed he was involved in money laundering and drug smuggling activities.
The victim was relieved when Rehan offered a solution asking him to contact Inspector Helmi, who provided him with a bank account number and told him to deposit his savings into the account.
Pahang Police Commercial Criminal Investigation Department chief, Superintendent Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the victim deposited the cash amounting RM13,000 on three separate occasions before he realised the suspect, who was giving instructions on the other end, had disconnected the call.
Upon realising that he had been cheated, the victim lodged a report at the Maran police station.
In a separate case, Mohd Wazir said a clerk lost RM13,850 after falling victim to a syndicate offering bogus loan services through WhatsApp application on Oct 6.
He said the victim claimed that she received the offer from a company known as Lein Hong Credit Finance and decided to apply for a RM5,000 loan.
“She was told to pay processing fees, advance payment, insurance and tax for the loan. She made several payments to an account number provided by the company with the amount totaling RM13,850.
“The victim later knew she was cheated when she did not receive any cash as promised by the company. She lodged a police report at the Kuantan police station here,” he said.
Wazir said both cases is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code and those found guilty could face a maximum jail-term of 10 years as well as receive caning from the rotan.