KUALA LUMPUR: A man and two of his wives are among four people being sought by police in connection with an umrah (pilgrimage) scam.
These companies would accept payments from pilgrims but later inform them that the flights were cancelled and no refunds would be given.
There were also instances where pilgrims had to make additional payments because they “registered late”.
City Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Asst Comm Izany Abdul Ghani said the four people were from three companies believed to have duped pilgrims into paying for their cheaper-than-usual packages.
“The packages were priced between RM1,400 and RM13,200 and advertised through newspapers and roadside banners,” he added.
The police arrested a 25-year-old woman on Sept 13 last year in connection with one of the companies which allegedly conned pilgrims of about RM25,000.
“We released the woman – identified as Nurul Yasmin Rosli – on police bail after her remand expired 14 days later but she has since disappeared,” he said at the City Police headquarters.
For the other two companies, ACP Izany said a woman was arrested in Sentul here on April 9 for a similar scam involving about RM270,000.
“We are looking for the woman’s husband and his two other wives whom we believe also had a part in it,” he said.
Police are looking for Zakariah Hassan, 56, Suziana Mohd Yamin, 47, and Syarifah Norfazihan Syed Mustaffa, 36, to assist in investigations.
Anyone with information can contact the police hotline at 03-2115 9999, Insp Mohd Rozaidi Ramli at 012-848 3203 or Insp Noor Azean Azdzila Zulkifli at 017-595 2185.