Compassion is all well and good, but it’s deadly to have too much of it and too little common sense. One woman from Shah Alam,
Blurring the lines of Compassion and Naivete
Con artists often appeal to a person’s sense of compassion in order to mulch some money off of him or her. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book, and as long as people don’t realize that there are ways to show compassion that don’t necessarily involve sharing bank account details, then it will continue to work and people will keep on losing their money needlessly. The woman who got scammed actually had a pretty silly reason for getting tricked. Federal Commercial Crimes director Comm Syed Ismail said that the woman “caved in when she heard his [the con artist’s] sob stories”. The con artist claimed that he was from the
The Authorities Step in
The woman eventually realized that she had been conned, and thus went to contact the local police. The police staged an investigation in the matter and came up with six suspects. Police managed to retrieve RM15,000 or about $5,000 – but that’s a very paltry sum compared to what the woman used to have. The police also found 18 ATM cards, seven cellphones, and a laptop upon apprehending the suspects. It’s still unknown how many people they have tricked through this scam of theirs and investigation is still ongoing.