Woman conned into parting with RM10,000 worth of jewellery
Posted on August 1, 2012, Wednesday
KUCHING: A 42-year-old woman said she lost over RM10,000 worth of gold jewellery after falling victim to three con artists.
She told reporters that the incident happened around 8am yesterday when an unknown woman approached her at the Kenyalang Park Commercial Centre, telling her that she had an ‘unhealthy’ appearance which was bringing misfortune to her family.
The stranger, however, quickly offered to introduce her to a 103-year-old ‘bomoh’ living nearby who could rid her of her misfortune.
At that juncture, a second woman walked by and pretending to have overheard what they were talking about said she too had been treated by the medium for infertility which
later resulted in her bearing two children.
The two women then convinced the victim to see the medium.They were making their way on foot to the medium’s house when they encountered a 40-something man along the way who — according to the women — was the medium’s grandson.
The ‘grandson’ told the victim that his ‘grandfather’ was busy at that moment but told her to go home to gather her gold jewellery and wrap them in black cloth to be used in a ritual to cleanse her of her bad luck.
Convinced by what she had heard, the victim did as she was told and proceeded to wrap her gold necklaces, bangles and rings in black cloth and went back to meet the ‘grandson’ and the two women, who placed the cloth in a plastic bag together with a small bottle of mineral water.
The victim was told that the water in the bottle had already been ‘blessed’ by the medium and that she had to give the water to her children to drink to complete the cleansing ritual.
She then left for home but bumped into a friend along the way and related her earlier encounter, only to be told by the latter that she had been conned by the trio.
The victim quickly opened the package in the plastic bag she was carrying and was shocked to find a small rock inside instead of her jewellery.
She immediately made her way to the Simpang Tiga police station to lodge a report.