A Chinese medium has been allegedly tricking people into giving him money and other favours in exchange for helping them to get rid of bad luck, Guang Ming Daily reported.
The man's latest scam was convincing a woman in Kuala Lumpur to pay him about RM100,000 (S$35,882) within two months to prevent any untoward incident from befalling her family.
The woman's husband, known only as Feng, 63, claimed that his 54-year-old wife even tried to borrow RM100,000 from a friend to give to the medium, despite his pleas to his wife not to.
Feng is now seeking help from MCA's Public Complaints Bureau.
Its chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong said his bureau had received five similar complaints since last year, with victims being females aged between 30 and 58.
Chong said the modus operandi of such tricksters is to carry out their rituals at houses or hotels, and not at temples.
"These 'mediums' would cook up stories saying that a spate of bad luck could come in the victims' way, and rituals were needed to get rid of them.
"The victims would then pay for the rituals," said Chong, who added that there were cases of these con men raping their victims under the pretext of "cleansing" them.