PETALING JAYA: A man, impersonating as a medical staff, has been preying on elderly women who go for medical check-ups in hospitals.
The suspect, believed to be operating in several states, had cheated women of their thali (wedding chain) worth over RM10,000, when they sought treatment at hospitals in Petaling Jaya and Johor Baru over the past week.
In the latest incident on Monday, the suspect approached a 53-year-old woman resting in Ward Melur at the Assunta Hospital in Jalan Othman here.
The suspect, dressed in office attire, introduced himself as a doctor and conducted “medical tests” on the victim.
Then, the suspect asked the victim to hand over her jewellery, worth some RM7,000, while she went for a urine test and an X-ray examination.
At first the woman hesitated but she handed over her jewellery after he convinced her that it was his responsibility to take care of her well-being.
When she returned with her urine sample, the “doctor” had disappeared.
District OCPD Senior Asst Comm (II) Ghazali Amin confirmed that the woman’s son had lodged a police report at the district headquarters about 1.30pm on Monday.
On Friday, the same suspect was believed to have cheated another 53-year-old woman of her jewellery worth over RM6,000 when he impersonated as a lab assistant at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru.
During the 12.30pm incident, the woman who was having breathing complications had gone to the hospital for an X-ray examination when the lab assistant told her fill up a form and hand over her jewellery until the examination was over, claiming that it was the hospital's new policy.
When she completed the X-ray and came out of the changing room to collect her jewellery, the man had disappeared.
Johor Baru (Selatan) CID chief Deputy Supt Mohd Nazri Zawawi confirmed the incident.