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Conmen have fleeced M'sians of US$1.6m in past 2 years

Publication Date : 06-12-2013


Conmen have cheated Malaysians a total of 5.2 million ringgit (US$1.6 million) since last year, said Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) Public Services and Complaints Department head Michael Chong.

“In these two years, there were 22 cases involving 17 female victims and five men,” Chong said.

Chong said this at a press conference in which he gave details of two latest cases involving an Indian national – Tiju George Thomas, 29.

Thomas, who was arrested on December 3 in Petaling Jaya, allegedly conned two Malaysians he had met over the online matrimony website

A 30-year-old self-employed woman who wished to be known as Susan said she met Thomas in August.

Susan said he called himself “Tiyan” and said he was a Malaysia-based business banking manager and restaurant owner. He also promised to marry her in December.

Then, “Tiyan” began asking her for money, Susan said.

“Soon, he asked for 800 ringgit ($248.10) then 8,000 ringgit ($2,481) over financial issues in his business,” said the victim, adding that this aroused her suspicions, which prompted her to google “Tiyan”.

“I was shocked to find out that there were other girls who fell into his trap,” said Susan, who filed a police report at the Setapak police station.

Another victim, a 29-year-old self-employed woman who wished to be known as Vanesa, said she had only wanted to be friends with “Tiyan”.

“He started telling his sad stories after we became friends, pleading with me for 8,000 ringgit on October 24 to pay for work permit applications for his employees, which they needed or they would be deported,” she said.

It was understood that Tiyan might have had accomplices. Chong urged other victims of the conman to come forward.


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