KOTA TINGGI: Police have recorded an increase of 20% in Macau scam cases during the movement control order (MCO) and conditional MCO from March 18 until May 18, with losses amounting close to half a million. Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Ahsmon Bajah (pic) said that the syndicate usually targets pensioners and farmers who own land as their victims. “The case has increased to 34 cases during the period, compared with 28 cases from January until March 17 with recorded losses at RM480,000. The term "Macau Scam" was coined because it is believed that it originated from Macau or that the first victims came from there. The scam often starts with a phone call from someone pretending to be an officer from a bank, government agency or debt collector.
Source: The Star May 19, 2020 05:37 UTC