SIBU: The police here are looking for a group of female Chinese nationals said to have been involved in cheating after one of them was arrested yesterday.
Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit confirmed the police had sprung into action after a report was lodged by a victim last Sunday.
He said the 59-year-old had claimed she was cheated of cash and valuables, including jewelleries, worth RM10,000.
“The victim said she was met by three female Chinese nationals asking for direction from her at Channel Road at 10.30am on Monday.
“One of them then told the victim her son in Singapore was unwell and would die.”
He said the women also told her that a prayer ceremony had to be performed to save her son and persuaded her to bring all her valuables for the prayer ceremony.
He said the group assured they would return the valuables after the ceremony.
“The victim handed over a packet containing RM6,000 cash, four gold rings and a silver chain.”
After the ceremony, he said the group returned the packet to her but gave her strict instructions not to open it until she had arrived home, or else, the prayer would not work.
“When the victim opened it on reaching home, she found her valuables had been swapped with a bottle of mineral water and a bag of salt.
“The victim then realised she had been cheated and lodged a police report.”
Stanley said the police were now probing the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code.