12 cheated of RM600,000 in land scam


KLUANG: At least a dozen people have been cheated of more than RM600,000 in a land scam.

These businessmen and reti­rees have lodged reports alleging the man had promised them cheap land for farming and rearing animals.

Police have so far received se­veral reports in the district since May.

Some of the victims pawned their jewellery and withdrew their savings to pay the man between RM12,000 and RM200,000 each.

One of them, who declined to be named, said he got to know the man several years ago through a friend and admitted to having been lured by the deal.

“He was convincing. He even showed documents purportedly issued by the Perak government offering RM20,000 for 40ha of agriculture land.

“Since 2012, I started giving him money in small amounts. Eventually, I withdrew all my savings and gave him tens of thousands of ringgit until several months ago.”

Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Laham confirmed that six reports had been lodged.

“We have arrested a suspect and are investigating the reports for cheating,” he said.

He urged others who had been victimised in similar scams to lodge reports or contact the police hotline at 07-221 2999.

In an unrelated case, police arrested at least four Chinese nationals for allegedly cheating a woman in a supposedly healing ritual recently.

It is learnt that the woman, who had an ailment, had sought help from the four suspects to heal her.

She paid them several thousands of ringgit but when she did not get any better, she lodged a report.