Dare accuser to call cops: M'sia police chief
"PUSH POCKET" scams are in rampage again in Malaysia, prompting police chief Khalid Abu Bakar to advise victims to dare the blackmailers to take their false accusations of theft to the nearest police station, Bernama reported.
The so-called "push pockets" now target mainly foreign tourists going through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where they can easily drop an article unnoticed among the luggage piled on a trolley, said the news agency.
They would then accuse the luggage's owner of having stolen their property.
Another common group of victims are the commuters at Kuala Lumpur's Light Rail Transit stations.
The scamsters work in pairs, with one coming up to the victim claiming to have caught sight of the "theft" and the other playing the owner of the "poached" article, which is usually a mobile phone or a wallet.
The "owner", after making a fuss, will offer not to report the case to the police if the victim pays a certain sum of money.
Fearing getting into the soup, some victims would rather pay up, according to Bernama.
The scam, which was widely reported some years back, is recently a hot topic in Malaysia's social media, allegedly after many had fallen victim.
Approached by Bernama, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid advised victims to take the blackmailers up on their threat.
"Do not be afraid. Bring them to the nearest police station," he said.
"Do not try to resolve the matter yourself as they won't dare to go to the police," he added.