There are things in the world that sound too good to be true, most of the time, these type of offer has a catch to it. Whether it will be beneficial to you or not, it’s entirely in up to you, but what happens when you fall for the trap?
A man was arrested by the Kedah police on August 9 for allegedly selling fake Perak royalty awards for RM5,000 each at an “investiture: ceremony held at a hotel in Kedah.
Apparently, 95 people were duped into receiving the “Pingat Setia Raja dan Negara” (PSRN). The organizer was allegedly also involved in a similar scam last year, and it is learned that three individuals who claimed to be members of the Perak royalty had attended the event held between 8 am to 12 noon.
Kedah police chief Datuk Asri Yusof said they were tipped off about the event and arrived at the hotel at around 1.30 pm to arrest the organizer who is in his 50s.
“Initial investigation showed that the award recipients, most of whom were businessmen and pensioners aged between 30 and 60, were asked to pay RM5,000 each for the award.
“The award does not carry any title but the recipients were promised special privileges when they want to apply for projects with the government at the particular state.”
Asri added that the ‘ceremony’ was attended by 200 people, including the 95 recipients.
The police have confiscated 65 sashes, 66 medals and souvenir trophies from the venue.
The man’s attempt of the similar scam last year was foiled by the police but he came back this year, not giving up.
“This time, they tried their luck in Kedah but we busted them.” – Asri said.
The case will be investigated under Section 419 of the Penal Code for cheating by impersonation. It carries a 7-year jail term or fine or both if convicted.
Do not fall victim for an offer too hard to resist, make sure you ask or research thoroughly before stepping into it. If you are a victim of this type of scams, we urge you to report to the authorities if it caused a major hole in your wallet, if the amount isn’t worth fighting for then we hope you learned your lesson never to fall victim anymore.
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(Source: New Straits Times / World of Buzz))