Singapore household bogged by rip-off
This Singaporean household would by no means have imagined what ensued after they purchased their three-room flat at Stirling Highway.
Mr Septian Hartono is the most important sufferer of this scamming case. Having purchased the flat at Stirling Highway in 2012, he has been going through unknown strangers showing at his door, in a bid to get their a refund. He had even accompanied some victims to make a police report.
Bangkok cheat claims metropolis is harmful
Relationship again to as early as 2006, a Singaporean in Bangkok has been preying on different unsuspecting Singaporeans on vacation with the identical sob story.
Focusing on Singaporeans at completely different places, Mr Than Quickly Choi would seem at locations like Pratunam, Gaysorn Plaza, Platinum Style Mall – typically hanging a dialog with fellow Singaporeans by asking, “Are you Singaporean?” in Mandarin. Spinning the identical story about how him and his spouse bought robbed, he pleaded for some cash to get house, ending off with a promise to repay the cash upon return to Singapore.
To persuade his victims, he would declare that he’s already in his seventies, portraying himself as a helpless previous man in dire straits. For assurance, he allowed his victims to take down his particulars by exhibiting his pink IC and handphone quantity.
Here’s a sufferer’s account of the rip-off:
Usually pretending that he had no cash as a result of his spouse’s bag had gone lacking or was pickpocketed whereas procuring, the conman would ask for quantities starting from $80 to $300 from Singaporeans holidaying in Chiangmai and Bangkok.
Victims of the Singaporean conman stated he confirmed them his Singaporean passport and identification card (IC) to guarantee them that he was a retiree again house.
His IC recognized him as ‘Than Quickly Choi’, staying in Blk 164, Stirling Highway, stated one of many victims. Others stated he solely recognized himself as ‘Than’.
Three who had been cheated earlier this 12 months in March and April stated he approached them whereas they had been at Platinum Style Mall in Bangkok.
One of many victims who lent the conman $140 for ‘practice tickets again to Singapore’ for him and his spouse, editorial govt Wendy Wong, stated: “He approached us, wanting very flustered, and rambling in Cantonese.”
Ms Wong, 24, didn’t make any police report as a result of she didn’t have any details about him past his pretend cellphone quantity and handle.
Like her, many didn’t make police studies. They stated it’s as a result of that they had lent the cash out of their very own goodwill, and thought that they had been the one ones to have been cheated.
“It’s not concerning the cash. It’s extra about how our sympathies had been performed on,” stated Ms Wong.
Many dismissed this as a one-off scamming case, with most not reporting to the police and letting him get away scot-free.
Don’t let your sympathy get the higher of you
Whereas taking sympathy on a fellow countryman could also be good, travellers ought to by no means let their guard down. In these conditions, all the time point out the authorities – the Thai Embassy or the police – and keep away from handing out precise money. True victims typically won’t reject the assistance of authorities. Warning bells ought to ring if the opposite celebration goes hemming and hawing.
With Than nonetheless utilizing the identical modus operandi, we are able to keep away from letting extra Singaporeans fall into the entice by elevating consciousness of this rip-off.