Lucky draw turns out to be a scam


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 09 Sep 2006

KUALA TERENGGANU: A teacher was delighted when she “won” an attractive prize recently in a lucky draw outside a shopping centre here. 

According to her, a promoter had approached her and handed over a booklet that purportedly contained lucky draw tickets. 

At the promoter's request, she picked one of the tickets and discovered that she had won a home theatre set of a well-known brand worth RM3,000. 

“I was elated to know I had won such a prize and the promoter kept repeating that luck was on my side,” she said in an interview on Wednesday. 

The teacher, who declined to be named, was then told to collect her prize at an office in Chabang Tiga, near here. 

SEIZED GOODS: Rahmat Sidek (left) and YusriNasir from the state Domestic Trade andConsumer Affairs Ministry enforcement unit making a record of the seized items atChabang Tiga Friday.

To her dismay, however, an officer there demanded RM100 from her before she could collect her prize, which turned out to be of an obscure brand and worth less than RM1,000. 

She rejected the prize and lodged a complaint with the state Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry office here. 

Acting on her complaint, the ministry's enforcement officers found that some 340 others had been similarly duped here as well as in Dungun and Jertih. 

Eight officers, led by state enforcement chief Ab Ghani Harun, raided the office here on Wednesday. Simultaneous raids were also conducted at the company's Dungun and Jertih offices. 

Electrical appliances worth a total of RM97,000 were seized at the three premises. 

“Most of the electrical items were of low quality and imported from Taiwan and China,” Ab Ghani said. 

According to him, the company's staff would also insist that the winners buy other electrical items before allowing them to collect their prizes. 

The Kuala Lumpur-based company, he added, had been operating here for some time.  

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