11 March 2008
Two Sudanese who have cheated a businessman of RM600,000 in a money-making scam were arrested by police during a raid on a rented house in Tengkera on 8 March 2008 at 1am. Two other accomplices of the same nationality are still at large.
The 47-year-old businessman was introduced to the four foreigners by a friend last month and was told by them that with “Quranic verses” and spirits, they would be able to make US$47 million appear if he gave them US$185,000.
The victim then followed them to the house for a demonstration. Two of the suspects wore robes, skullcaps and held prayer beads. Some money was placed in a black leather bag and the suspects started reciting verses from the Quran. After a small explosion, the bag was opened to the businessman to show him more money inside.
The convinced businessman then withdrew US$185,000 and handed it and 1kg of gold jewellery to the men between 22 and 28 February 2008. After weeks of waiting, the businessman lodged a police report on 6 March 2008.
During the raid, police found US and Malaysian currency notes, a robe, a mobile phone, a safe deposit box, two gold chains, a gold watch, ATM cards, prayer beads and two skullcaps.
The two suspects have been remanded for 14 days and the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property.
The Star Online – Two foreigners nabbed over scam
New Straits Times – RM600,000 ’spirited’ away