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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Scam alert: Scammer uses ‘his wife’s maternity bill’ to get people’s sympathy, targets people at hospital

NewsScam alert: Scammer uses 'his wife's maternity bill' to get people's sympathy,...

We are living in an era where we need to be wary of everyone, just because we will never know if scammer out there is pretending that they need help.

Recently, a report said that scammers are making use of maternity bills to target potential victims at hospitals and clinics in Kelantan.

It was said that this tactic was allegedly used by a man in his 30s, who approached a victim with a sad face on and cried while telling them that he had no money to pay for the treatment costs of his wife who gave birth.

It is understood that this modus operandi had been carried out for the past few months and many people have fell victim to it. Among them were 27-year-old bridal boutique operator, Siti Nurul Salsabila.

Source: Facebook

Speaking to the press, Siti shared that she and her younger brother met the man at the Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (USM Hospital) in Kubang Kerian.

“While we were waiting for our sister-in-law to give birth and the man approached us and he requested to talk alone with my younger brother.”

“I felt something was odd so I approached them a few minutes later, and I saw my brother holding his mobile phone. He had just finished transfer RM190 to the man.”

“The man told him that he didn’t have enough money to pay for his wife’s maternity bills while crying and promised to pay the money back the next evening,” she shared.

Siti said that they tried contacting the man the next day but failed. They then realised that they could have been scammed.

Following the incident, they lodged a police report over the matter. However, the police informed that they were not the only ones targeted by the man.

At the same time, she also took the incident to her Facebook to raise awareness about this.

Source: Facebook

In the comment section, a netizen shared that her husband too had almost fallen victim to the scammer. In her case, the incident happened just after her husband withdraw money from the automated teller machine (ATM) at the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (HRPZ II), months ago.

“The man begged for help because he wanted to settle his wife’s maternity bill amounting to RM140 but my husband did not give as the money he took out was enough for his own expenses.”

“Shortly after that, I found out that the man had been working for a long time to earn money in an easy way at the hospital and many had already become victims,” she said.

Thus, this incident reminds us to be wary of strangers demanding money and probe more into their situation before giving a lending hand.

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