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Wednesday October 9, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday October 9, 2013 MYT 11:23:22 AM
by ivan loh
IPOH: If you are selling your car over the Internet, beware of smooth-talking conmen who will swindle you of your car by issuing dud cheques when the banks close for the weekend.
Police have arrested three people and believed they had been carrying out their devious scheme since 2010. On Saturday, police arrested a 43-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman in Temerloh, Pahang.
“Police later arrested another woman, 29, at Serdang, Selangor, on the same day,” said Perak commercial crime chief Supt Maszely Minhad.
“We are still looking for another accomplice, believed to the man’s brother,” he told journalists here yesterday, adding that the man was also wanted in Kedah, Penang, Selangor and Pahang for similar cases.
According to Supt Maszely, they would trawl the Internet looking for those who are selling their cars and that the group was responsible for least 25 such cheating cases involving used-car sales in five states.
In Perak alone, there have been eight cases reported so far, involving about RM409,000 in losses.
Supt Maszely said the group’s modus operandi was to pay for their purchase using fake bankers’ cheques.
“They will also ensure that the victims have signed the ownership transfer form and handed over their MyKad before taking the vehicles,” he said.
“These transactions are usually conducted on Thursdays or Fridays as banks do not operate over the weekend,” he said, adding that the victims would only discover that they had been cheated the following week.
“At the same time, the suspects would also use the same weekend to offload the newly-acquired vehicle to other unsuspecting buyers, usually second-hand car dealers,” said Supt Maszely, who added that the cases would be investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
In another unrelated case, Supt Maszely said police arrested a woman, 25, and a 15-year-old school dropout involved in scratch-and-win scams at Ipoh Garden on Monday.
He said both were believed to be working for a syndicate to look for victims.
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