Ignore calls about winning lucky draw at 1 Utama

The STAR online, Malaysia
Friday September 14, 2007
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/9/14/nation/18872237&sec=nation

Ignore calls about winning lucky draw at 1 Utama

By LOURDES CHARLES

PETALING JAYA: If you receive a call on your cellular phone informing you that you have won a lucky draw held at the 1 Utama shopping complex, just ignore it.

If you do not, you could be taken for a ride and end up losing your money to a Taiwan-based syndicate that is using the shopping complex’s name to con their victims.

It is learnt that scores of people have received such calls and were told they had won a lucky draw organised by a Taiwan-based electrical firm. The draw was purportedly held at 1 Utama.

The shopping complex’s assistant public relations manager Lee Li Lian said no such lucky draw event took place at 1 Utama.

“We have received numerous telephone inquiries from the public about the scam and urge all those who receive such calls to lodge reports or alert the authorities,” she said in a statement.

It is learnt that victims usually received the call at least three times, asking them if they wanted to be part of a road show organised by an electrical company.

They would then be asked for their identity card number and other personal details before being told to deposit a certain sum as tax before they could collect their prizes.

The syndicate members disappeared once the money was deposited into their account.

The Star had last Monday reported that gullible Malaysians lost a whopping RM35mil in the past seven months to an international syndicate in an elaborate telecommunication scam.

Forty people have since been detained in connection with the activities of the syndicate, based in Taiwan and Hong Kong and which has been operating here since last year.

Police believe syndicate members raked in about RM5mil a month just by sending out SMSes or contacting victims claiming they had won a lucky draw.

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