Ustaz fell into 7 camels treasure scam

Scam syndicates are getting more creative in their schemes to bait their victims and sometimes, their modus operandi and victims just do not make sense.

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The President of the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM), Datuk Nadzim Johan. PIX: MalaysiaGazette

By Radzuan Hassan

KUALA LUMPUR – Scam syndicates are getting more creative in their schemes to bait their victims and sometimes, their modus operandi and victims just do not make sense.

For instance, in a recent incident, an ustaz (religious leader) lost almost RM500,000 in a scam allegedly masterminded by Arabians.

Having high confident in the scam, the ustaz managed to persuade many of his acquaintances to ‘invest’ their money but only to realise that they had lost it all.

“The ustaz said that he was deceived by a Sheikh that he had a vision of a beautiful princess who came to him and said that he will receive treasures which will be brought to him by seven camels.

“This is an illogical story but an ustaz in Ampang fell for it,” said the President of Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM), Datuk Nadzim Johan in an interview with IKIM FM this morning.

According to Nadzim, the scammers used various tricks to get money and some of the PPIM members almost became victims themselves.

“A new PPIM member who was on board with us for mere five to six months almost fell into victim when he received a call from an imposter claiming that he is a police and extort money from him.

“According to him, the surrounding sounded like a police station when he received the call and he almost believe the scammer,” said the Nadzim who is better known as Tokki.

He also shared his personal experience of receiving a call from a scammer claiming that he is the son of the former Uganda President who requested his help and offered him gold with millions of ringgit.

“Perhaps, he didn’t know who I am, thus I requested to meet him. I brought the police along and he was caught during our meeting,” he said.

Therefore, Nadzim also advised the public not to reveal their ATM card and pin number when dealing with loan sharks as there were many cases where the syndicates use these bank accounts to receive money on behalf of the scammers. -MalaysiaGazette

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