Hairstylist loses life-savings to Casanova ‘Datuk’
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Yong also disclosed she was shocked to discover that RM28,000 had been withdrawn in several transactions from her Maybank account in Singapore with her ATM card he had stolen.