KUALA LUMPUR: A conman pretending to be a spiritual master convinced a group of victims to pay him over RM100,000 for his services.
One of the victims, who only wanted to be known as Ng, said she had been using and paying for the services of the so-called master since 2014.
She originally went to him after learning that her former maid had placed 13 pieces of used sanitary pads in the ceiling of her house.
Worried of that she was a target of black magic, Ng met the "master", whom she found online, who told her that she required "cleansing".
Ng underwent a total of six such sessions between 2014 to 2016 and paid him about RM7,000.
She was also told to cleanse her family's properties, which cost her a further RM9,000 in fees.
This went on until around mid-2017 when Ng and a few other victims – whom she got to know during the cleansing sessions – realised that something was amiss and stopped all communication with the scammer.
They approached MCA's Head of Public Services and Complaints Department Datuk Seri Michael Chong for help late last year.
Speaking at a press conference at Wisma MCA Thursday (Jan 11), Chong said a total of six victims, including Ng, had paid an estimated RM100,000 to the conman.
"I have consulted my lawyers and we have found that there are elements of cheating involved. I have also advised the victims to make police reports.
"These scammers use scare tactics to keep the victims paying. Don't fall into their trap," said Chong.