Family loses over RM157,000 in travel scam - Malaysia Crime Infonet

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Family loses over RM157,000 in travel scam



JOHOR BARU --- A family paid RM157,872 for travel packages only to discover to their horror that the tour agency had conned them of all their money.

The family of 26 was said to have been attracted by the low prices offered by the company via its Facebook page, with promises of gifts such as smartphones and tablet devices.

They booked travel packages to Thailand and Japan.

Johor Baru North police chief Asst Comm Mohd Taib Ahmad said that when family members sensed something amiss and decided to pay the company a visit, they were in for a shock.

“They found out that the company address in Taman Sutera Utama does not even exist and there was no such premises,” he said at a press conference here yesterday.

He said the family lodged a police report in September last year and it was among the 33 reports received in just three days against the same travel company with losses totalling RM551,558.80.

“We are searching for four suspects including a woman, who are believed to be involved in the scam where they lured victims by offering attractive travel packages to destinations like China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam,” he added.

He said checks on the four suspects showed that they were listed as the company’s board of directors according to the Registrar of Companies, but the company was not registered with the Tourism and Culture Ministry.

He added that the victims paid between RM1,400 and RM157,872 through online banking transactions for the packages that included flight tickets, accommodation and transportation.

“We believe there are possibly other victims who were duped by the same company, but have yet to come forward to lodge a police report,” he said, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

ACP Mohd Taib urged those with information on the scam to aid the police by calling the 07-2212999 hotline.

He said the police were also looking for witnesses Koo Chee Hau, 19, from Taman Tengkera Jaya, Malacca; Sofia Lee Pei Pei, 28, from Klang, Selangor; Yeow Kok Chai, 44, Taman Industri Puchong, Selangor; and Chin Fook Sin, 59, from Taman Cheras Awana, Selangor, to help in the investigation.

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