Singaporeans still falling victim to scratch-and-win scams in Malaysia
Amounts of cash lost rising despite fresh crackdown by Malaysian police
Singaporeans are still falling victim to scratch-and-win scams in Malaysia - despite many warnings and an ongoing crackdown by the authorities across the Causeway.
And although the number of reported cases has fallen, the con artists are making off with more money each time.
The average amount stolen has hit $6,300, Singapore police statistics show, up from $4,000 last year. At least five victims have reportedly lost more than $10,000 each.
The scam works like this: The crooks approach the victims and ask them to try their luck with a scratch card.
OPPORTUNISTS AT WORK
The scam is nothing permanent; it comes and goes... They are just opportunists at work.
- A Johor policeman, who declined to be named
- About 30 Singaporeans cheated between January and May, compared with 46 in the same period last year
- But sums handed over are higher - about $6,300 on average; five victims have lost over $10,000 each
- $17,000 was lost in a single case, which was reported in April
- Last Monday, a 39-year-old secretary lost over $25,000