BATU PAHAT, Malaysia - A man claiming to be from an automotive magazine has duped several individuals into believing he could get their desired vehicle registration numbers.
Apparently, the man had cheated several businessmen of tens of thousands of ringgit here and in other states.
Sources said that in the latest incident, he misled a company director, who is a Datuk, into believing he could get him the numbers he wanted for RM50,000 (S$18,728).
The businessman, taken in by the conman's persuasion, deposited RM10,000 into his bank account.
Over several weeks the suspect began giving the businessman, who is in the food business, excuses for not being able to deliver.
The businessman, in his 50s, lodged a police report on Wednesday. Batu Pahat OCPD Asst Comm Din Ahmad said police were investigating, but declined to give details. He urged those with information to contact the police at 07-221 2999.
In an unrelated case, a man in his 30s was cheated of almost RM3,000 in a scam in Johor Baru several days ago after he responded to a phone call offering him "compensation from a furniture company".
The man received a call from someone claiming to be from a legal firm that was offering him a cheque for RM32,800. Apparently, the amount was compensation as the victim had purchased furniture from a company "that was involved in fraud".
They even emailed a copy of the cheque to him. However, the caller demanded 10 per cent of the amount as service charges before he could release the cheque.
The man made the deposit at a bank in Skudai but when he contacted the law firm, he realised he had been conned.
Investigations are being carried out for cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code after the man lodged a police report.