MELAKA (Bernama): Three elderly siblings claimed that they have lost more than RM500,000 to a syndicate which cheated them by claiming that they have quit rent arrears.
The victims, a 76-year-old woman and her two brothers, aged 65 and 68, were informed by the woman's adopted daughter that she received a letter from the government allegedly stating that they had to settle arrears of their house in Jalan Tukang Besi here or risk being evicted.
Duyong assemblyman Damian Yeo Shen Li, who is also Melaka DAP secretary, said the adopted daughter then introduced them to a lawyer known as Siong to help solve the problem.
"They communicated only through phone calls and the cash, including the "legal fees", were handed over to the adopted daughter before to be paid to the "lawyer".
More than 10 cash transfers took place between 2015 and early this year," he told a press conference here Saturday (Sept 21).
The victims' other sibling, who lives overseas, was the one who realised that they had been cheated when he returned to visit them early this year.
The victims lodged a police report in April, he said. – Bernama