BATU PAHAT - They were supposed to be Angels of Mercy but were anything but that.
Two women, masquerading as nurses, have been offering free health checks to residents in Ayer Hitam and Yong Peng - and then - robbing them.
The duo travelled in a silver compact car, and even dressed up for the part in pink and white nurses' uniform.
Batu Pahat OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Wahib Musa said that the women, one of whom is pregnant, would approach the residents, claiming to be from the district Health Department and ask them to remove all their jewellery and valuables for the health checks.
"The victims would also be told to strip and wrap themselves only in a towel. They were then asked to lie flat on their stomach.
"One of the women would then give an injection on the neck and even perform an acupuncture cupping technique on their back," said ACP Abdul Wahib.
However, while the "health check" was going on, the other woman would search the house for valuables.
ACP Abdul Wahib said the women would then give the excuse of having to get an equipment from their car before making off with the stolen items.
"By the time the victims realised that the women were not coming back, it was too late," he said, adding that two such cases had been reported so far.
ACP Abdul Wahib warned the public not to fall for scams that offered free services by civil servants.
He said they should instead demand for staff ID cards or passes for verification.
The public, he added, should also take note of the vehicles these people travelled in.
"The most important thing is not to let these people into your homes without first verifying their identities," he said.