Haj depositors lost over RM3m to scammers

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Police have detected a new tactic by Macau scam syndicates to withdraw money from Tabung Haji depositors whose accounts are linked to conventional bank accounts.

Bukit Aman commercial crime investigation department (CCID) director Kamarudin Md Din said the department had so far detected 65 such cases involving losses amounting to over RM3 million.

He said the withdrawals were made when the victims disclosed their banking information to unknown people who said they were members of enforcement agencies.

“Tabung Haji’s internet banking facility, which is connected to other conventional banks, had made this possible.

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“The syndicate will first make calls and intimidate the victims with allegations of them being involved in criminal activities and credit card arrears. They will say that for the purpose of investigation the victims are required to disclose their banking information,” he said in a statement here today.

According to Kamarudin, following the disclosure of the banking information, the victims not only lost their money in the conventional bank account but also in the Tabung Haji account linked to the conventional bank.

He reminded the public not to disclose their banking information and to contact the CCID scam response centre at 03-2610-1559 or 03-2610-1599 for advice and further information.