Thursday April 19, 2012
Don’t fall for ruby scam
Other News & Views
By Lim Wey Wen
SENIOR citizens have been warned against falling prey to a “ruby” scam in which they are asked to buy precious stones or “rubies” with magical powers to heal or enchant.
The warning was issued by Terengganu police after it received reports on 11 cases last year, which involved a loss of about RM200,000, reported Kosmo!
Up to March this year, police received reports from five senior citizens who claimed they were tricked into buying the stones.
State Commercial Crime Department chief superintendent Koh Ah Tiam said yesterday that the latest case in Chukai, Kemaman last week involved a 70-year-old senior citizen.
“The woman had agreed to buy a stone as it was able to glow in the water,” said Koh.
She was about to withdraw RM100,000 from her savings account to purchase the stones when she realised she had been tricked as the stone had a battery fitted inside to enable it to “glow”.
> Reality talent show star Amirul Iqmal Marzuhidin, better known as Ai Iqmal, told Sinar Harian he plans to continue with his studies.
The 18-year-old, who was eliminated in the sixth week of Pilih Kasih 3 shown on TV2 recently, has generated quite a following for his good looks.
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