SINGAPORE: The number of elderly cheating cases dropped by more than 20 per cent last year, compared to 2010. But that does not mean one should let their guard down, especially after an elderly man was swindled of S$400.
Retiree Goh Ai Lye had been looking forward to his $400 monthly allowance.
But his joy was short—lived. Soon after withdrawing the money, the 78—year—old was accosted by a stranger outside the bank.
Though wary at first, Mr Goh was won over by the friendly demeanour.
"He held many 50—dollar notes in his hands. He offered to lend me 200 dollars but I said no. He then asked to look at my 400 dollars. As I saw a lot of notes in his hand, I felt it was OK," said Mr Goh.
The ruse continued with the stranger offering Mr Goh a cup of coffee. But once the cash was in the conman’s hands, he took off.
Mr Goh is just one of the 50—plus elderly cheated in 2011.
Though this number is fewer than the previous year, police advise the elderly to take precautions. This includes having relatives or friends accompany them to the bank, and not handing any money to strangers.
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