Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Religious man" in scratch-and-win scam

Source: http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=51999 (By Meena L. Ramadas, 20/9/2010)

Scratch-and-win scams continue to thrive, with unscrupulous conmen now dressing up as religious figures to ensnare victims.

At a press conference today, Khairuddin Karim recounted how his uncle and aunt visited a grocery store in Selayang on Aug 21 where a "religious man" approached them with some papers. "The man recited Quranic verses and handed them a scratch-and-win paper sheet," he said. Taken in by the man’s pious demeanour, the couple proceeded to scratch the paper and found they had won a prize. They were then told to visit a company office in Kepong to find out what they had won. Upon arriving there the next day, the couple were told by the staff that they had won a Toyota Altis, but that they had to pay RM12,000 for road tax, insurance, storage fees and so on before receiving their prize. The eager couple returned with the money, but soon realised that the number on the scratch-and-win paper did not correspond with the prize number indicated by the staff. When this was pointed out, they were told they had won a Jade mattress instead, which led them to suspect something was amiss.

The couple later approached Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng for help. "I asked them to lodge a police report and they got their money back after I went with them to demand a refund," he said.

Lim reminded the public not to be "naive and gullible" in believing such schemes.
"Nothing is free. There is no such thing as a free lunch," he said.

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