Elderly couple loses $29,000 to conman

GEORGE TOWN - A British couple, who placed an online advertisement to sell six chairs, ended up losing RM85,000 (S$29,000) worth of jewellery, cash and electronic gadgets to a prospective "buyer".

The 60-something couple advertised the wooden chairs on Wednesday and they were contacted the following day by a man, believed to be a Malaysian, who wanted to buy the items.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the couple invited him to their uncle's double-storey house in Island Glades for a discussion.

"When he arrived at the house, he told the couple that his mother owned a jewellery shop and that he was good in cleaning jewellery.

"The couple then handed over their jewellery. There was some discussion and the man took about two hours to clean the jewellery. He then requested to have a look at the chairs," ACP Mior Faridalathrash said yesterday.

When the British couple went upstairs to get the chairs, he fled with the iPads, a smartphone, four gold rings, a gold necklace with a jade pendant, a pair of gold earrings, six jade brooches, 13 diamonds, a set of hearing aid, the couple's passports, a driving licence and RM500.

"They are still in a shock," he said, adding that a report had been lodged at the Jelutong police station.