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Thursday December 11, 2008

Man-eater cons ‘grooms’

GEORGE TOWN: A runaway “bride” has left at least 10 men here in distress after conning them of jewellery and cash.

It is learnt that the woman, who resembles Taiwanese supermodel Lin Chiling, agreed to marry more than 10 men over the past few weeks but went missing just before the “weddings”.

One of the victims, who only wished to be known as Mr A, described the 30-year-old woman as tall, elegant and pretty.

“She lived in an apartment in Batu Ferringhi and was such a smooth operator that none of us realised she was dating other men as well.

“It was only after she went missing that all the other grooms found out about one another when we turned up outside her apartment to look for her,” he said.

Another victim, a businessman who also wished to remain anonymous, said he waited outside her apartment for many days until a neighbour told him that many men had been going to her home with flowers and gifts.

“Only then did I realise she had been flirting with other men while in a relationship with me,” he said.

He added that they had made wedding plans, booked a restaurant for the reception and distributed invitation cards to his friends and relatives.

It is learnt that the woman asked for jewellery and a dowry, ranging from a few thousand ringgit to RM10,000 from each of her future “husbands”.

While she had met the grooms’ families, none of the men had ever met their future “in-laws”.

Sources said a few of the men still wanted to marry the woman and were seen waiting outside her apartment, hoping she would turn up.

A check with several restaurants in Penang revealed some last-minute cancellations of wedding dinners.

They said they were not sure if it was related to the case as the “grooms” had cited personal reasons for the cancellations.

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