IPOH: A 52-year-old mechanic here lost a total of RM13,100, after he was cheated by four individuals on two chat applications.
Ngoi Tick Onn said he was approached by a woman who called herself "Ma Wai Yan" through a chat application in September 2020.
“She was selling face masks and moon cakes. After exchanging several messages, I decided to purchase her items and paid her about RM300.
“After that, things started to head south, ” he said at a press conference held by Menglembu assemblyman Steven Chaw at the Perak DAP building here Thursday (Feb 18).
Ngoi said Ma started to borrow money from him.
“She told me that she was in need of money and I transferred about RM8,000 to her.
“She promised me that she would pay me back but until now, I have not received anything, ” he said.
He said on Jan 31, a man by the name "Ah Hong" sent a message to him via another messaging application and told him (Ngoi) that Ma had also cheated on one Ah Hong's friends,"Ah Chon".
“Ah Chon offered to look for Ma in Penang and asked for money to pay for his expenses. I then transferred RM2,750 to him.
“However, Ah Hong told me that I should not transfer any money and now he needed RM1,500 to solve the issue, ” he said, adding that the last transaction made was on Feb 10.
According to Ngoi, from September until February, he had transferred a total of RM13,100 to 10 different accounts.
After realising that he had been conned, he lodged a police report.
Chaw said that following the police report, one of the 10 account owners, Nur Aisyah Law Abdullah, had lodged a police report claiming that the account was used by a friend of hers that she met through a website.
“In the police report lodged in Kajang, Selangor, Nur Aisyah said she gave her account number to Chow Weng Lun whom she knew online.
“She received a call from an individual asking her to transfer RM1,500 back to him after which she called Chow and asked him to not use her bank account before blocking his number, ” he said.
“We will try our best to help Ngoi in this situation, including getting an update from the police, ” he said.