Monday June 18, 2012
Businesswoman loses cash and jewellery to fake healer
KUCHING: A businesswoman became a victim of a scam, resulting in her losing almost RM5,000 worth of cash and jewellery.
According to Everlyn, 52, from Desa Ilmu, on June 15 she met a man at a bus stop.
The man, who identified himself as one “Bapa Jefty” from Sri Aman, told Everlyn that she was suffering from “pisang bangkai” — an illness that she had no knowledge about but feared that it could be real.
Everlyn later invited the man to her house and had him “treat” her there.
After that healing session, Bapa Jefty asked for RM1,100 from Everlyn but she said she did not have the money.
At around 7pm that day, Everlyn sent the man back to the bus stop and gave him RM1,100.
The man, however, told her that he would return the money on June 17 and gave his phone number to Everlyn.
On June 16, Everlyn with her husband met the man again at 10.30am in a coffee shop near the same bus stop.
The man offered the couple an amulet that he claimed had the power to protect them.
However, Bapa Jefty claimed that the amulet could only work if it was fitted with jewellery.
As such, he asked Everlyn to give him her jewellery first so that he could combine them both.
When Everlyn gave her gold necklace worth RM3,400 to Bapa Jefty, he took it and wrapped it together with the amulet in a cloth before putting it in a black plastic.
Before he left, Bapa Jefty ordered Everlyn not to open the plastic for three days.
Everlyn then sensed that something was wrong and immediately opened the black plastic.
After she unwrap the cloth, the amulet was still there but her gold necklace was missing.
Everlyn later tried to contact Bapa Jefry using the number that he gave her but there was no answer.
Feeling that she had been conned, Everlyn lodged a report at the Central police station yesterday.