SIBU: Police are hunting a Chinese national who they believe is a member of a gang cheating locals of their money and jewelleries with a prayer scam that supposedly rids them of bad luck.
Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said following the citizen arrest of the first suspect on May 12, another victim had come forward to lodge a report.
He said in the latest case, a 59-year-old victim alleged that she had been cheated by a Chinese national of a total of RM10,000 in cash and jewelleries.
The victim, in her report, said at about 10.30am on March 12, while she was walking along Jalan Channel, three women from China showed up and asked for direction.
"As she was showing them the direction, one of the women told her that her son, who is in Singapore, was in poor health and would die soon.
"Another one was seen calling a medium to perform prayers to save the victim's son," he added.
The three women, said ACP Stanley, managed to coax the victim into handing over as much money as she could for the prayer ritual to rid off bad luck within 49 days.
They also promised to return her the money after the prayers.
"She agreed and passed to them RM6,000, four gold rings and one silver necklace. One of the suspects then handed her a package to bring home.
"When she later opened it, she realised that she had been duped by them as she found only a bottle of mineral water and a pack of salt," he added.
On May 12, a 50-year-old woman and her nephew made a citizen arrest on a 46-year old Chinese national at Jalan Mahsuri and handed her to the police. The suspect has been remanded to assist with police investigation.
The victim claimed that she was cheated of RM20,000 on March 9 by the suspect who claimed she was a medium who could help to prevent her eldest child from being killed in an accident.