Sexagenarian loses RM594k to lottery scam

SEREMBAN: A sexagenarian has been duped of almost RM600,000 in a lottery scam in Nilai near here, say the police.

District deputy police chief DSP Mat Ghani Lateh said the victim, who filed a report on Sunday (May 26), claimed that he was approached by two men selling lottery tickets on Dec 9 last year.

“The victim said that on Dec 18, they told him that he had won RM3.7mil in a lottery draw.

“However, the victim was told that he had to make payments to sort of ‘purify’ his winnings, and he agreed,” DSP Mat Ghani said in a statement.

He said the victim then transferred RM594,000 into several bank accounts via 62 transactions.

The man only realised that he had been scammed when he failed to get his lottery winnings.

DSP Mat Ghani said an investigation paper has been opened and the case is being probed under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of between one and 10 years, whipping and a fine upon conviction.

“We advise the public to be wary of such schemes and to always check with the authorities before parting with their money,” he added.

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