Bank officer loses RM104,000 after falling prey to Macau scam

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Scammer claimed that her credit card was used for a transaction to a bitcoin company.

Negri Sembilan Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Aibee Abd Ghani said the 47-year-old woman received a call at 9am yesterday from a “bank officer” who claimed that a credit card she owned was used for a transaction amounting to RM4,663 to a bitcoin company.

He said the suspect then transferred the call to a “Bank Negara officer” going by the name of Sarah.

“Sarah told her there was such a transaction in her name and furnished an ‘extract’ to the effect before transferring the call to a man who asked her to update the magnetic strip on the card.

“The man also asked the victim to provide a list of her bank cards with all the personal details and subsequently told the woman to change the pin numbers at the automated teller machine. The victim provided the requested information without realising it was a scam,” he said in a statement in Seremban today.

Later, suspecting she might have been duped, the victim checked her accounts and found there were withdrawals totalling RM104,000 and immediately lodged a police report.

He added that investigations were ongoing and advised the public to be careful, not to panic, and take the time to check the authenticity of the information provided by unknown individuals.