Warning: Black magic syndicates are just like other scammers (Poll Inside)

JOHOR BARU: Cases involving black magic syndicates share several similarities with other scams – they usually target senior citizens and prey on them at places such as markets and supermarkets, says Johor police chief Comm Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat (pic).

He said the suspects would randomly start chatting with their victims to get information about their background, including about their family.

“From there, the suspects will say that the victims’ loved ones could be in danger or that bad luck awaits them if they do not seek help, usually from a shaman, to turn their fate around.

“The victims will then be brought to an area away from the public’s eye like a house or car before asking them to hand over their money or valuables for the ‘treatment’ or ‘ritual’,” he said.

Comm Kamarul Zaman said victims claimed they were not aware of their own actions of handing over their money and jewellery.

“By the time they snapped out of it, the suspects had already made off with the valuables,” he said.

He urged the public, especially senior citizens, to be alert when out and about, especially when being approached by strangers.

“Always check with family members or the authorities before deciding to hand your belongings or make payments to strangers,” he said.

Those who believe they have fallen victim to such scams can contact the Johor police hotline at 07-2212 999 or head to the nearest police station to lodge a report.

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