KOTA KINABALU: A mysterious “Arab” who has been going around asking strangers for money to help him out of financial predicament has aroused suspicion.
The man, who claimed to be an Arab, has been seen with a woman and child over the past few days at Karamunsing, Papar, the petrol station near Universiti Malaysia Sabah, the Bataras supermarket in Putatan and Kinarut, trying to get money from those who sympathised with him.
Those who encountered him wrote about their experiences on social media, and said the man would drive up to them and make all sorts of claims.
For example, he would claim that he could not use his ATM card, or that his credit card had been blocked.
He is believed to be driving a rented vehicle.
Based on the postings, the man had been seen with two children in the car. Others said they only saw the man with a woman.
Some admitted that they gave him some money. Those wary of him would just hurry off or pretend not to speak English.
Papar police chief Deputy Supt Batholomew Umpit said they were monitoring the matter but said they would not be able to take action as long as no harm or crime had been committed.
“If anyone feels like they have been cheated, please lodge a report,” he said.
Based on information, DSP Batholomew said the man was a foreigner on a travel visa.