A simple Google search on ‘Macau Scam Malaysia’ will show you much damaged the syndicate has done to Malaysia. According to Utusan, victims have collectively lost RM405,700,000 to the group in the last three years – that’s over four hundred MILLION worth of money taken from common-folks.
The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) also reported that from 2018 to last September, this syndicate has managed to scam roughly around 6,500 Malaysians.
In case you didn’t know, the scheme usually starts with a phone call from someone pretending to be an officer from a bank, government agency or debt collector who will use the tactic of the victims owing money or have unpaid fines. Victims are pressed to settle payment or provide access to their bank accounts or face “dire consequences”.
Recently, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) apprehended five people, including a person with a Datuk Seri title along with his wife, suspected to be involved with the syndicate. The individual has also been engaging in money laundering and running an online gambling site, according to Kosmo!.
MACC noted that the Macau Scam might also involve several household names and local celebrities.
Apparently, the Datuk Seri and his wife are quite well known amongst local personalities who frequently party with them. The profit generated by the illegal activities is allegedly laundered by funding celebs’ vape products. It is unknown whether the local celebrities are voluntarily involved in the scam.
While netizens were applauding the arrest of the five suspects, a video of the suspects celebrating at a lavish birthday party began circulating on social media platforms and of course – Malaysians got mad af.
Watch it here and take a look at the reactions:
Kepala Macau Scam di Malaysia yang menipu wang orang-orang kampung. Mereka ini selalu call anda & cakap anda ada kes mahkamah/hutang dengan bank kemudian menyamar polis menyuruh anda bayar segera untuk elak ditangkap/rumah di lelong walhal ia cuma suatu penipuan. https://t.co/GFPkDnx8Tf pic.twitter.com/6W5FO9TCQx
— Pelabur Bijak ® (@Pelabur_Bijak) October 5, 2020
Aku harap hukuman penjara seumur hidup kes Macau Scam Eddy Kana & Alya Suhaila ni. Biar mampus dalam sana, tergamak scam orang tua. Lepastu party macam anjing. Babi punya scammer.
— Kim Mohito is Typing… (@kimmohito) October 5, 2020
Macau scams are cases even banks can’t help you recover from. 99.99% it’s a total loss because all these transactions made are fully authorised by the victims who willingly transfer money out of fear and trust.
I hope the ones behind this are rightfully punished. Heartless.
— ❥ (@shusshshussh) October 5, 2020
What’s sick about these macau scam is when you read pakcik makcik yang terduduk when they found out they got scammed. Jailtime and electric chair for the couple.
— FLY (@blowupdumpling) October 5, 2020
i read abt this macau scam tings and ada org kena scam smpai rm292,000 like wow… *jaw drop* mmg scam kaw kaw patut org ckp dorang so called dato datin ni party every weekend, shopping high end everyday
— ezänee (@nurezaneee) October 5, 2020
Sorry but I don’t trust people who can indulge themselves in luxuries like this.
And oh look, their extravagance was paid for using Macau Scam money. https://t.co/kYBWnvkfzx
— Mohsein, Ahmad (@mohseinazman_) October 5, 2020
Don’t understand why scammers gotta flaunt their wealth like this…. they really think people won’t find out huh https://t.co/7NuijC4bLQ
— nalisa alia amin (@nalisaaa) October 5, 2020
Money really can’t buy taste and class.. https://t.co/xkZIhTyu1Z
— Hani Fadzil (@hanybunch) October 5, 2020