MIRI: An elderly man lost his life savings of RM9,000 to a group of scammers on Monday.
The 63-year-old victim, when met outside the central police station here after having lodged a report on the incident yesterday, said he was approached by a stranger while having coffee in a shop at China Street on Saturday.
“I had just arrived from Sibuti that day. He joined me at the table and during our conservation, I told him that I wanted to come back on Monday to withdraw some money to buy electrical appliances,” he said.
On Monday, the man contacted the victim, offering help to take him to the bank.
“He brought along two friends – one of whom I believe is an Indonesian. He accompanied me to the bank, while the other two waited inside the car.
“Later, he brought me to the coffee shop to have drinks and again, his friends waited inside the car. Moments later, he got up and told me that he wanted to ask his two friends to join us.
“He left with my money and some personal belongings. I waited for him for hours at the table, but he never returned. It was only then that I realised I had been cheated,” he said, adding that he had yet to tell his family about the incident.