Compiled by C. Aruno , Hanis Zainal and R. Aravinthan
TWO disabled brothers in Seremban Jaya, Negri Sembilan, lost RM450 to conmen pretending to be welfare department officers, Makkal Osai reported.
Kumaran Kasinathan, 41, has been bedridden for the past 11 years after an accident which left him paralysed below the waist.
His elder brother Elango, 43, has been in a coma following an accident about a year ago.
Both of them are being cared for by their elderly mother.
On June 16, the family was visited by state exco member for Women’s Affairs and Social Welfare Nicole Tan Lee Koon, Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Guna and state Welfare department officials.
The following day they received a phone call from two men claiming to be representing the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development.
They told the family they had to bank in RM450 into a bank account to receive their welfare payment.
Kumaran borrowed cash from his sister to pay the men and only realised he had been scammed when there was no money in his account the next day as promised by the scammers.
One of the men had identified himself as “Datuk Ganesan”. The victim said he fell for the scam as it had coincided with the visit from the state assemblymen the previous day.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.
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