A 50-year-old teacher was duped of almost RM400,000 after falling victim to a Macau Scam. -NSTP/File pic

KUALA TERENGGANU: A teacher lost almost RM400,000 after falling victim to a Macau Scam incident here recently.

The teacher, 50, only realised that she had been duped by the syndicate yesterday after discovering that she was left with only RM100 in her bank account.

Sources said the incident took place on March 18, when she received a phone call from an unknown man. The man had told her she had made a RM50,000 loan from a bank.

Denying she ever took out such a loan, the woman was then stunned when she was informed that her name was linked to a money-laundering operation. The call was then transferred to another person, who claimed to be a policeman.

“The victim panicked at being linked to a money-laundering operation. She then followed the instructions spelt out by the so-called policeman, which was to open a new bank account and transfer her all her funds into the new account.

“The reason given for this was that her old bank account had been compromised,” said the source.

The victim only realised yesterday that she had been duped after checking the balance in the new bank account. She then lodged a police report.

Meanwhile, Kuala Terengganu district police chief, Assistant Commissioner Abdul Rahim Md Din confirmed the report.

He said investigations are being carried out under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.