KOTA KINABALU - Deals that seemed too good to be true turned out to be just that for two men who were cheated out of RM15,500 (S$4800) in separate cases in Sandakan.
Sandakan police chief Ass Comm Mohd Azhar Hamin said a lorry driver reported that he lost RM13,000 of his savings after he was convinced by two men to collect his "lottery winnings."
He said the two men approached the lorry driver on Jan 18 and was promised that he would be paid RM15,000 if he collects the "prize money" as the men did not have any identification documents.
The catch is that the lorry driver had to empty his bank account before the "prize money" could be deposited there.
The lorry driver did so. He withdrew the money, put it in a waist pouch and the two men took him to a stationery shop where they asked him to photocopy his identity card.
They told the lorry driver to leave the pouch in the car for fear of being robbed.
By the time he returned, both men had disappeared with the pouch.
In the other case, ACP Azhar said a man who tried to buy a smartphone through an online trading app was cheated out of RM2,500.
He said the man saw an advertisement for the smartphone on the online trading app and after communicating with the "seller" through WhatsApp, he deposited RM1,000 into a bank account.
He said the seller, known only as Nizam, told the buyer that the particular phone model was out of stock.
The buyer was convinced to top up another RM1,500 to get the latest phone model and he duly banked in the amount.
The man lodged a police report after he failed to get the phone.