A teacher spent RM60,781 for what she thought was a cheap tour package to Japan
Bernama reported that her savings were also used to pay on behalf of her friends first as she did not want to disappoint them.
According to Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department head Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof, the 36-year-old woman paid for a five-day four-night tour package that was supposed to take place on 23 December last year.
Since 1 January 2018, the teacher had been discussing the tour package with a Whatsapp group representative
Throughout the year, the victim paid 11 instalments to the suspect by banking into his account for the trip in December.
“The suspect later called the victim in early December to inform her that the holiday had to be postponed to Jan 7, 2019," said Wazir yesterday, on 28 June.
On 6 January, the victim and her friends headed to Kuala Lumpur International Airport for their departure to Japan
When the group tried to check-in their flight that afternoon, they discovered that their flight booking number did not exist.
“The victim then found that the hotels supposedly booked by the suspect also did not exist,” Wazir said as quoted by Bernama.
According to Supt Wazir, the teacher tried contacting the suspect to get her savings back
The teacher had also used her own money to continue with the holiday.
“The suspect gave various excuses whenever she asked for her money back,” the Supt said.
She finally lodged a police report after the suspect blocked her phone number and Facebook account.