PETALING JAYA: A businessman thought he was helping underprivileged orphans only to find out that he had been taken on a ride for three years.
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said the 72-year-old businessman first heard about the so-called charity from his cousin in 2017.
"His cousin's former employee, a 34-year-old woman, was allegedly collecting donations for the charity and the businessman contacted her directly and told her he was interested to help," said ACP Nik Ezanee.
He added that the businessman had allowed his cousin to transfer funds from his bank account to the woman's account.
This went on for three years until the businessman decided to visit the orphanages in Kelantan, Penang and Perak and was shocked to find that they did not exist.
The businessman is estimated to have suffered RM500,000 in losses and police started investigating the case on Tuesday (July 21) after he lodged a report.
On Wednesday (July 22), police in Selangor and Kelantan arrested two women aged 24 and 34 in Kajang and Tanah Merah in Kelantan.
They were both found to be the owners of bank accounts that received funds from the businessman.
The older woman has been remanded for four days while the second was released on police bail, and the case is being investigated for cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
ACP Nik Ezanee said that the police have reminded well-meaning Malaysians to be cautious when donating to charities and meet representatives face-to-face to ensure they have documents to prove they are a legitimate body.
He also advised account owners to be careful of their bank details.
"You are responsible for your own accounts and are prohibited to loan them to anyone for whatever reason," he said.
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