June 13, 2022 9:27 PM
MELAKA: Macau scammers are using a new tactic of a false police document purportedly from the Melaka contingent, requiring the recipient to assist a police investigation on the Macau Scam.
Melaka CCID chief E. Sundra Rajan said the fake document surfaced yesterday in a chat message to a 24-year-old victim.
The document, a Notice of Suspect’s Presence, purportedly signed by the Melaka police chief, claimed that the recipient was suspected of being involved in drug smuggling and money laundering and of receiving a commission of RM228,000.
“Through the fake document, the victim was asked to cooperate with the Melaka police contingent headquarters within two hours of receiving the letter. He was warned that an arrest warrant would be issued immediately if the victim did not cooperate.
The document also claimed that the target victim’s bank account would be frozen and he would be remanded for 45 days, Sundra Rajan said in a statement here today.
He said the victim was also warned not to tell others about the document he received. However, the victim fortunately had contacted Melaka police headquarters via WhatsApp to seek confirmation.
He said police investigation found that the fake document was a new method of operation by the criminal syndicate to deceive and intimidate individuals into believing that they were involved in a bona fide police investigation.
“The deceived victim would then be instructed to provide bank account details and banking information to the syndicate before it siphoned money from the victim’s account.
“Anyone who has received this fake document should inform the nearest police station or contact the CCID Scam Response Centre at 03-2610 1559/1599 for inquiries or confirmation to avoid falling victim,” he said.