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Conman on the prowl at petrol stations
Mon, Jul 19, 2010
New Straits Times

DO not be fooled by a bespectacled man in his late 20s claiming to be a Singaporean who had just lost his passport and seeking help in the form of cash.

The man, with short wavy hair and tanned complexion, is said to hangout at 24-hour petrol stations along Jalan Tun Razak and other major petrol stations in the city.

He targets motorists who pumped fuel in the wee hours of the morning.

The conman normally approaches drivers of foreign-registered vehicles and speaks with a Malay-Singaporean accent.

He would claim that he just crossed the Causeway in a bus and had lost his wallet and passport.

He would also claim that he lodged a police report but was told to go to the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur to get a replacement passport.

He would then ask for cash to stay at a budget hotel for the night, pay for his bus fare to Kuala Lumpur and also for food.

Recently, a Singaporean who stopped at a petrol station on Jalan Tun Razak claimed that the man approached her about 1.30am, while she was filling up fuel.

Siti Nurjana Oyong, 32, said the man claimed that he was from Potong Pasir, Singapore, and showed her a torn sling black bag that he said was slashed by a pickpocket.

Sensing something was not right, she told him that she could not help him and drove off.

She said several of her family members and friends who travelled to the city had also encountered the man.

Police chief Assistant Commissioner Johor Baru (south) Zainuddin Yaacob said police will not direct Singaporeans who lost their passport to Kuala Lumpur.

"We will assist them in any way possible and will not just ask them to go away, knowing that they have no money or documents.

"We also do not have any case of a man fitting the description who lodged such a report this week," he said, adding that the man was possibly a conman.

He urged those who had an encounter with the suspect to call the Johor police hotline at 07-221 2999 or lodge a police report.

Singaporeans who lose their passport can seek help at the Singapore Consulate-General office at City Square Office Tower, Suite 35.02, 106-108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook.

It is open from Mondays to Fridays, from 8.30am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm.

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