Police have arrested a serial con man who cheated at least 21 people of RM29,100.
The 35-year-old unemployed man was captured on Wednesday following the latest police report made against him for posing as an agent handling mountain-climbing activities.
“The 36-year-old victim initially made an online transfer of RM600 to the suspect in November last year so that he could take care of registration for climbing Mount Kinabalu.
“The money was a deposit for the victim and three other friends planning to climb the mountain this October.
“However, after checking with the Sabah Santuary Lodge and Kinabalu Park, they discovered that their names were not listed on the desired dates.
“After failed attempts to contact the suspect, the victim filed a police report.
“The police managed to track the suspect down on Aug 22 in the parking lot of the Manggatal town market,” district police chief Assistant Commissioner Habibi Majinji said in a statement today.
A Samsung phone with two sim cards was seized from the man, and further investigation linked him to 20 more victims from Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia, who had also filed police reports.
The suspect is remanded for four days until Sunday and the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
“The public is reminded only to deal with registered tour agents and those issued with a license by the Tourism and Culture Ministry to avoid being cheated,” Habibi added.