Man losses RM18,000 to suspected Macau Scam

LANGKAWI: A man was believed to have been the first victim of "Macau Scam" syndicate in Langkawi after being deceived to transfer about RM18,000 from his bank account.

Langkawi district police chief Supt Dr Che Ghazali Che Awang today said the man, in his 40s lodged a police report on April 26 after being duped by some individuals claiming to be a bank representatives through a telephone call.

"According to the victim, one of the individuals had called him earlier to solve a problem relating to a bank loan application which has never been done by the victim," he said here adding that the victim was then asked to update his bank account via an ATM machine if he wanted to solve the problem.

Che Ghazali said the syndicate took the opportunity to steal the victim's account information and transfer money into some unknown account while he was updating his bank account at the ATM machine.

"The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping an fine upon conviction," he said. — Bernama