JOHOR BARU: The owner of an agriculture company here has been cheated out of RM357,000 in a land scam.
Johor Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Asst Comm Mohd Salleh Abdullah said the man, in his 50s, was looking for a plot of land to plant sugarcane and was introduced to someone claiming to own 100ha of agricultural land via a broker.
“The victim and the suspect began talks in December last year and signed a land lease agreement in March where RM357,000 was paid in total.
“However, when the victim checked on the status of the land with the Agriculture Ministry in Putrajaya, he learned that the plot of land actually belonged to the Federal Government, ” he said in a statement on Tuesday (Aug 25).
In a separate case, ACP Salleh said a retired civil servant in his 60s was the latest victim of a parcel scam, losing more than RM103,000 in the process.
“The victim befriended the suspect on Facebook under the impression that he was British.
“The suspect told him that a parcel containing EUR 56,000 (RM276,228) had been sent to him as a gift of friendship and he fell for it.
“Later, a person impersonating a courier agent called the victim asking for RM103,000 in taxes before the parcel could be sent to him, ” he said.
The victim lodged a police report on Monday (Aug 24) after the parcel never arrived even after making the payment.
Police are looking for the suspects in both cases, which were being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
“We urge the public to always be careful before making transactions and check with the Land Office or local authorities before signing any land agreement, ” he said.