Alamak! Billionaire From Penang Loses RM21 Million To Macau Scam

So far, most Malaysians are now aware of how scammers work. But this does not negate the fact that there are still people who fall victim to their tricks.

This one particular individual is a gold mine to these scammers, as they somehow tricked a Chinese billionaire by posing as officials and scammed him out of RM21 million in just five months!

The 63-year-old victim, who hails from Penang is a founder of an energy firm and is said to be worth more than $US100 million!

alamak! billionaire from penang loses rm21 million to macau scamPhoto via The Star

According to the China Press, police who confirmed the case said that the scam began in November last year when the scammer called the victim claiming to be an official from the bank. They reportedly told the victim that his credit card, which was registered with the bank was suspected of being involved in illegal activities.

That’s a huge red flag already! 

The victim, of course, denied it at first, however, the scammers did not give up and they kept on calling him again in January 2022, this time claiming to be from the National Bank (Bank Negara).

The victim was told that the “bank” needed his Transaction Activation Code (TAC) for the investigation which he then shared his TAC with them because he thought it was an “official matter.”

alamak! billionaire from penang loses rm21 million to macau scamPhoto via Melaka Hari Ini

However, when the victim checked his bank accounts in April, he found out that two of his accounts had been frozen by the bank and discovered that money had been transferred out of the two accounts to other unknown accounts.

This lasted from the end of 2021 to April 2022 and is believed to have lost a total of RM21 million. The victim has since lodged a police report regarding the incident. 

Oh no, that is A LOT of money! 

The victim allegedly told a bank employee about his situation, who also warned him to be cautious. The man, on the other hand, scolded the staff instead: “Who said I am being scammed? You’re the one who is being tricked!”

The case is currently being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code. This is by far the biggest fraudulent case involving one single person. 

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat