MALACCA: A pensioner was cheated of his life savings and his wife’s Tabung Haji savings totalling RM110,000 over a bogus land deal.
The man, in his 50s, from Sungai Rambai was conned by four men in their 40s, including one who claimed to be a Datuk, said state CID chief Asst Comm Ab Razak Ab Ghani.
ACP Ab Razak said the pensioner was first approached on Aug 23 by two men, who visited his home on the pretext of wanting to rent his land for a development project.
However, he said that on the second visit, the two men brought along a well-dressed “Datuk” who offered a land deal worth RM900,000 in Sabah to the man instead.
He said the pensioner was sweet-talked into believing that he would make a big profit from the land deal if he agreed to become a minor shareholder.
ACP Ab Razak said the man’s trust in the “Datuk” was strengthened when another man claimed to be a representative of the landlord in Sabah came to the house to convey the message that a discount of RM300,000 would be offered if the land deal was sealed on the day itself.
“Convinced by the act put on by the con men, the pensioner agreed to jointly purchase the land with the “Datuk” and withdrew RM90,000 from his savings account.
“He also convinced his wife to take out money from the Tabung Haji savings,'' he said.
He added that the pensioner lodged a police report when his “business partners” failed to contact him as promised.
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