Hi, it might be useful for you to know about a scam which is happening in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Both myself and another girl from the hostel where I stayed were approached twice each (by different people) while we were in KL. We dont know whether theyre only targeting girls or only backpackers, but its better to be safe than sorry. This is how is goes:
A woman (aged 36, who says that she works in a bookstore) and a man (gave a variable age, 27 or 30), approach you when youre walking on your own. After finding out your age and where youre from, the woman tells you that her sister, who happens to be the same age as you, is going to your home town / country very soon to work in a hospital. She wonders whether you might be able to meet with the sister to give her some advice.
The woman (and her brother / cousin, again variable) seem quite trustworthy, and well-dressed. If you do go with them, you meet an uncle (but no sister) at their house. The uncle says that he works in a casino, and suggests that if you want an easy way of winning money, you should come to his table at the casino, he will fix the game so you win, and you will split the profits.
When my friend and I both refused, they continued to be insistent, but in the end let us go without a fuss. We were also approached by a woman on her own later in the same week, around the Central Market area. She gave the same story about her sister, but this time we didnt stop to chat.
I hope this information is useful to you.
It is good to get this information as widespread as possible.
This scam started several years ago, but it seems to have surfaced again recently as several people are writing about it. One male backpacker reported that he fell for it and ended up being forced to pay a lot of money.
A minor variation is that you are taken to the home where there is a granny playing cards, and it all starts from there.
This information needs to be published so that other people are made aware.
I have heard of scams of this sort but the way you are approached is in a different manner. A person will intiate a conversation with a foreigner. It will often start like this: Hello, where you from? etc. Now on first instance, this comes across as just a friendly question, which most tourists/travellers will experience all over Asia. If you answer the question, say for example "I'm from the UK", the person will ask, which part? Th scammer will make out they have a relative studying in the area where you're from.
Just all be aware of people who seem over friendly, generally it will be genuine, but I have heard of scams all across Asia. I was almost a victim of one in Bangkok! There are all sorts of "offical" looking people outside the Bangkok Grand Palace who will pounce on people approaching the palace & say it's closed for a few hours, and they will then say they can get someone to take you to a temple. I did for a moment beleive it was closed, but then decided to walk away & find the official entrance, & yes the palace wasn't closed!
that happened to me i was in KL and some girl comes up to me and asks where i was from she asks if i would like to visit her family and i say sure they then take me to their house and introduce me to everyone. their older uncle trys to teach me blackjack, he thinks i have no idea about the game so i act dumb to see what kind of person he is. after a while he says to me he wants to bring a friend over and play with him but he says he will fix the game so i win and we can split the profits. i say no becuase i sence a scam and i excuse myself from the house.
in the next few days i meet someone else who is intrested to talk with me and again invites me to their home i go again and the same thing more or less happenes. they try and teach me blackjack and try to make me go in on a fixed game.
a third incidence also happened someone stopped me on the street and they were about to say "my sister is going to the us to be a nurse maybe you could" then i said i had to go.
thats when i knew that this kind of thing was widespread and ppl were targeting backpackers. do not take their kindness blindly while many are nice people some have alteritive motives