IPOH: A 75-year-old retiree lost nearly all of her hard-earned savings when she was cheated by three men.
The victim, who only wished to be known as Yong was first asked by a foreigner to help claim his lottery winnings worth RM500,000.
"I was on my way home after my doctor's appointment at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital at around 11.15am on March 20 when I was approached by the man.
"He needed my help because he said as a foreigner, he cannot claim the winning prize. He did offer me RM100,000 but I declined because I just wanted to help him," said Yong at a press conference organised by Canning assemblyman Jenny Choy Tsi Jen at Kampung Simee on Saturday (March 23).
While Yong and the man were talking, they were approached by another two men in their 50s and 60s who offered to bring them to the lottery shop and bank. One of the men showed a newspaper that displayed the same winning number ticket.
"When we arrived, they asked me to stay in the car while one of them went into the lottery shop. Shortly after that, he came back and said we needed to cash in the winning cheque.
"One of them told me that he needed RM50,000 to open an account to cash the prize. They brought me to a bank at Taman Ipoh Selatan and I cashed out some RM10,000.
"Since the amount was not sufficient, I told them about my fixed deposit, and they drove me to my house to get the receipt," said Yong.
The four of them headed to another bank at Jalan Tun Sambathan where Yong withdrew the fix deposit worth RM28,306.05.
"After I handed in the money, they asked me to make copies of my identity card at Jalan Sultan Iskandar. When I arrived at one of the shop, I realised they had fled," she added.
Yong had lost RM38,306.05 of her savings working as a promoter at a private swimming club.
Choy said Yong had lodged a police report on the same day and she suggested that banks checked and asked customers when they withdrew large sums of money.
"Yong told me both officers did not ask her why she made such a big withdrawal in just one day.
"During the time she was with these three men, she felt 'clueless' and only realised what was going on after they left her," Choy added.
Choy said she will be following the case with the police and advised the public to be more aware of such scams.