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RSN™ Guide: The Macau Scam

What Is A Macau Scam?

The Malaysian “Macau Scam” is a variation of the Nigerian 419 Advance Fee Fraud. It basically is a phone scam or email scam that works to get a victim to pay money up front to receive a prize.

It gets its name because it is usually a prize from a Macau or Hong Kong company. This is mostly performed in Malaysia and Singapore but is also seen in the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, and South Korea.

The Lucky Draw

Victims receive a phone call notifying them and claiming that they had won millions of dollars worth of lucky draws from Hong Kong and Macau companies. It’s a kind of Lottery scam. The caller then gives a contact number to the victim, asking the victim to call the number to claim the prize.

The victim then calls that number and is told they have to pay certain amounts to claim the prize.

Once the victim agrees, he or she will be required to pay “taxes and insurance” and then they can transfer the money into a “certain account” to claim the prize. After the transaction is completed, the victim will no longer be able to reach the caller (they use burner phones) and the victim does not receive the promised prize money.

ABC – Always Be Careful

  1. Always be vigilant and do not easily be deceived by the tricks or tactics used by scammers.
  2. Do not panic and blindly follow the instructions given by the caller without first contacting the police or the financial institution involved.
  3. Do not call back any number that you have been given. Instead, call the official number of the company, organization, or institution involved for further clarification. You can find them online.
  4. Do not disclose your bank account number, ATM card, or credit card number to any unidentified individual.
  5. Visit your bank’s official website to obtain the latest information and advice on financial fraud schemes.

If you encounter such scams be sure to report them HERE or on

Do remind your family and friends to be very careful with the information they disclose over the phone, no matter the situation!

Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams

RSN Team

a division of SCARS
Miami Florida U.S.A.



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FAQ: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?

It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.

Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:

  1. Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
  2. Your National Police or FBI (
  3. The Scars Worldwide Reporting Network HERE or on

This helps your government understand the problem, and allows law enforcement to add scammers on watch lists worldwide.

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