Scams are half and parcel of modern-day life, and so they’ve turn into much more rampant on-line, the place grifters ply their commerce on social media and in thinly guised emails. Nevertheless, there are additionally scammers who’re courageous sufficient to do it head to head, even faking tears in hopes of promoting their sob tales to the following form soul to cross their path.
A sufferer of such scams shared with WORLD OF BUZZ about how he obtained scammed in ‘broad daylight’ at a grocery store in Mutiara Damansara whereas he was grocery procuring lately.
It was about three.30pm when the sufferer, who needs to be recognized as Alex, was interrupted by a man who began off the dialog by complimenting his look, saying that he seemed “extra educated and sympathetic than everybody else he requested round”. He then proceeded to relate his story of why he wanted financial assist from Alex.
He advised Alex that he had a job interview at a financial institution that Saturday morning (four Might) and that he had someway misplaced his pockets containing RM1,200. Alex says in hindsight, he ought to have been suspicious about this as banks are closed on weekends.
The scammer then stated that he made a police report concerning his lacking IC and even confirmed Alex the report.
Note the date, name, phone number, and IC number.
Telling Alex he was planning to make a new IC, the scammer needed the necessary documents – which he claimed were in his hotel room. However, he also claimed that the hotel wouldn’t let him into his room unless he paid them. This was a second red flag for Alex as hotels don’t usually require their customers to pay in order to enter their own room, plus, he was puzzled at why the scammer didn’t have a key.
The scammer then added that he had no way of contacting his friends and family in Kedah as his car was out of petrol.
Trying to remove Alex’s doubts, the scammer then proceeded to try to convince Alex that he genuinely needed help and even asked Alex to take a photo of him and his police report. He told Alex to check the SPR website to confirm that his name matches his IC number, which evidently, does.
Attempting to seem even more sincere in his pleading, the scammer shed a few tears and made sure Alex saw his red eyes, which Alex suspects was triggered when the scammer coughed, giving him the opportunity to sprinkle some pepper into his eyes.
Concluding his story, the scammer asked Alex for RM1,200 so that he could pay the hotel and promised that he would pay Alex back the next day.
Refusing to be gullible, Alex told him that he didn’t have cash, but was willing to go to the hotel and pay the fee via credit card. However, the scammer said that it was a budget hotel that only accepted cash. Alex became even more suspicious as hotels aren’t usually known to deal with cash ONLY.
At this point of time, Alex started to question his own doubts and was unsure if the guy was actually lying or telling the truth. Nevertheless, Alex offered to buy him petrol for his car, but he said that it was somewhere in Puduraya. He had only managed to make his way to Mutiara Damansara because someone else was kind enough to shuttle him to a nearby police station to make a report.
In the end, Alex agreed to give him RM300, which was more than enough to get him back to Kedah.
About 20 minutes later, it started to dawn on Alex that he might’ve actually been scammed. With the details that he managed to obtain, he did a Google search on the scammer and stumbled upon two similar cases that happened in PWTC and Seri Kembangan final 12 months (2018).
In hopes of catching the scammer, Alex tried strolling across the space however the scammer was gone. He admits that though he was suspicious sufficient to not give him the complete quantity, he was too good and ignored all of the purple flags – an act of kindness which value him RM300.
Alex ends his story with a disclaimer, saying that the precise individual could also be an harmless sufferer dwelling in Kedah, his particulars getting used to legitimize the rip-off.
I assume it’s secure to say that it is best to by no means give cash to strangers it doesn’t matter what the quantity. You’ll most likely find yourself being scammed and also you’ll by no means see your cash once more.
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