Hairstylist loses life-sav­ings to Casanova ‘Datuk’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian “Datuk” is al­leged to have fleeced a Sin­ga­pore hairstylist of her life sav­ings af­ter hav­ing sought her help to re­solve his fi­nan­cial prob­lems.

The vic­tim, who wished to be known as Yong, said she was first in­tro­duced to the “Datuk” by a friend in March and sub­se­quently met at the Gent­ing casino.

Yong said he in­tro­duced him­self as an owner of sev­eral money ex­change out­lets and sev­eral prop­er­ties around the city.

Dur­ing their con­ver­sa­tion, she gave SG$7,000 in ex­change for RM40,000 which he gave in the form of a cheque.

Yong said when she wanted to de­posit the cheque, he ad­vised her not to do so as his ac­count had been frozen due to some in­come tax is­sue which he claimed to be in the midst of re­solv­ing.

Her or­deal started in April when the Datuk asked for more money to solve his fi­nan­cial prob­lems, in­clud­ing his mother’s funeral ex­penses, daugh­ter’s med­i­cal bill and busi­ness mat­ters.

“Out of sym­pa­thy, I trans­ferred RM103,000 to a lo­cal bank ac­count which he claimed be­longed to his son,” she told re­porters dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the MCA Pub­lic Ser­vices and Com­plaints De­part­ment yes­ter­day.

Yong also dis­closed she was shocked to dis­cover that RM28,000 had been with­drawn in sev­eral trans­ac­tions from her May­bank ac­count in Sin­ga­pore with her ATM card he had stolen.

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