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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Remand extended for Macau Scam syndicate suspects

BALIK PULAU - Remand has been extended for 50 people involved in a Macau Scam syndicate that duped victims of more than RM2.74mil by using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.

All 50 individuals, including three women and a 17-year-old teenager, were brought to the Balik Pulau magistrate’s court after their three-day remand order expired on Tuesday.

Magistrate Nur Azzuin Abdul Moati allowed for the extension until Thursday.

Police are investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

As many as 82 reports have been lodged nationwide over the scam.

The syndicate is alleged to have duped victims by using VoIP technology to replicate the hotline number of the Penang police headquarters to con its victims.

The suspects were arrested at a bungalow in Taman Damai Utama in Puchong, Selangor during a raid on Saturday.

Police investigations revealed that one of the suspects would pose as a bank officer and tell the victim that he or she had a loan with a particular bank.

If the victim denied it, the scammer would give them the contact number of a “Bank Negara officer” – another scammer – to check out the claim.

Those who are still not convinced would then receive a call from 04-222 1522, which appeared to be the general line of the state police headquarters but had been replicated or cloned using VoIP technology to appear as such.

Another scammer, posing as a CCID officer, would then tell the victim that his or her bank account had been misused for criminal activities and was frozen pending investigation.

The scammer would then ask the victim to transfer money to a specific account, and that would be the last they saw of their money.

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