Fake 'Surveyors' In A Klang Valley Mall Harassed A Woman For Not Paying Them RM10,000

It's not a new tactic.

Cover image via Amirul Syafiq Mohd Din for theSundaily/The Borneo Post

Yesterday, 15 November, it was reported that a mall-goer was cheated out of RM5,000 after she fell prey to a survey bonus gift scam

Leong (left) and MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong.

Image via Amirul Syafiq Mohd Din/theSundaily

theSun reported that the victim - only known as "Leong" - was approached by a man named "Vincent" while she was at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. 

Vincent had requested her to fill up a survey form and be given a gift in return.

He also added to the urgency of the situation by saying that he was in a rush to get off work early. So, Leong followed him to a Japanese restaurant to fill up the survey form.

After she had filled in the form, a friend of Vincent came over to take photos of her identification card - and then revealed that they were part of a money-laundering business

"After I filled in the form, they told me that they were part of a money-laundering business and that they would give me RM20,000 if I gave them RM10,000," Leong said.

They threatened her by saying that she would not be able to leave the mall if she did not pay them and that they would hurt her if she told anyone.

They even 'advised' her to take a personal loan from a money lender.

Eventually, she borrowed RM5,000 from a friend and they followed her to an ATM machine to withdraw the money

Image via The Borneo Post

The scammers continued to harass her later that night and the day after the incident to demand for the remaining RM5,000. She eventually made a police report on 12 November and filed a complaint to MCA Public Services and Complaints Department.

Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong also advised the public to be more cautious when approached for help by strangers.

This tactic is not new, as a similar incident was reported in October 2017 as well:

Here are other recently reported scams to be aware of: