UPDATE: JOIN THE FACEBOOK PAGE AND LET’S CREATE MORE AWARENESS ABOUT THIS ONGOING SCAM!
When I was surveying my DSi price at Low Yatt, I was approached by this young innocent guy. Here, I’ll paste my story that I wrote at LYN forum:
I want to share my story.
Tonight I was about to go back from Low Yatt so I walked near the bridge and one young guy approached, saying I should open the Mega Sale 2009 card for fun. I might win discount price to buy electronic goods. I asked him if I have to pay for anything and he said no so I said what the hell..
I opened it and I have silver color..which means I have special prize. He was EXTREMELY shocked, omg, you should have seen his acting skill.. he should win an oscar! He said I might win a car or at least, minimum RM7,000.. he told me to call someone to confirm and she was shocked as well and told me to drive with the guy back to the office to claim the prize.
So I did. I kept asking him whether I have to pay for anything, which I won’t, and he kept insisting NO. He showed me a lot of newspaper clippings. Even said one of the companies is Genki (like Genki Sushi, wtf). Since it involves no money I said what the heck.
He even gave me to keep his IC as proof that he’s not lying to me. They disgust me. His acting was so trained and so good, he told me to call up Ms Liu or something, and now she has my phone number. Crap. He even asked me to treat him, or give him ang pau or money.. like above RM1000 wtf? I said if I really do win I’ll treat him dinner.. he was so happy.. he probably was hoping for a good free dinner tonight. Same with the lady, to give her ‘and pau’ and they keep reminding I won’t be like “kacang lupakan kulit“..waaaah
The office is the same as many others have mentioned, STARR HEALTHCARE (M) SDN BHD. Then there I was congratulated by a lady. Then they started explaining. Bla bla bla UNTIL the part where I heard I have to pay RM5,000 for the government tax. INSTANTLY in my head I said I KNEW IT! IT’S A FRICKEN SCAM. You know I nearly choked when I heard that amount. RM500 is still bearable but fucking RM5000? If I had that much, I would’ve spent it on a good cam or a good macbook.
I started to argue back. The list of prizes are:
1. Toyota car
2. Proton Perdana car
3. Another car
4. Plasma TV 42′
5. Jade Mattress
6. Trip to I forgot where or trade for cash RM15,000
7. Trip to I forgot where or trade for cash RM11,000
8. Trip to Japan or trade for cash RM9,000
9. Trip to Bali or trade for cash RM7,000
If IN CASE I don’t win, which she guaranteed me has never happened, they still would give you RM8000 as a compensation, as a ‘sorry for lying to you‘ to shut your mouth.
I kept arguing, WHY do I have to pay the money? I kept insisting I want to know the prize first so I can decide but they won’t let me unless I pay half. I said I don’t have money. She thought I’d have at least Rm1000 or RM 2000. I said I only have RM200 and they were shocked as hell haha. They are trying to scam a poor student. They kept asking me if I”m lying and I said I might have RM600 and they asked me to withdraw ALL! I said WTF how am I gonna survive if I emptied my bank account?! They keep insisting I PAY. I kept thinking… that’s my fricken Nintendo DSi money, there’s no way I’m paying these scammers my DSi money!
I kept arguing and arguing WHY I can’t see the prize first.. they said if I won the car I’d run away.. I said if I won the money, you can take the RM5000 from the winning and I’d at least have RM2000.. nope, cannot. I said I’m not gonna pay first no matter what until I see my prize. It’s the usual shit – 15 mins all the stuff will arrive, bla bla, call factory bla bla. You know why? Because all those things don’t exist, you are for SURE to get the Jade mattress (their own product), which they claimed to be about RM 7000…which is BS. It probably cost few hundreds only.. They’ll help you sell it if you don’t want it but you give them commission. I told them I’ll take anything EXCEPT the Jade mattress. I think they’re starting to know that I’m starting to doubt them. Actually I was still in a confused state but I didn’t want the mattress, it’s a shitty prize.. the only SHIT prize compared to others.. I didn’t want it. If the mattress wasn’t in the list and replaced with a better prize, it would look less suspicious.. but instantly I knew that if a shit prize is there, that’s gonna be their trick. I know this, I used to handle lucky draw at college haha..so I know the trick. If their draw box actually have other prizes, it would be one coupon/paper/ball/card for each prize, and the mattress would have a million coupon.. so the ratio to win other prize is like 1 from 10000000000000… I had a strong feeling their trick will be the cheap mattress…..I guess that saved me from making hasty decisions or blinded by the other wonderful non-existent prizes.
I was pissed and said to the young boy YOU TOLD ME I DON”T HAVE TO PAY! He said he ‘forgot’ until the lady mentioned it. Sheesh. The way they pressured me was so intense, they’ll keep twisting their words around until you go blur. But hah, they don’t know I’m not easy to fall for this scam. Well anything that involves money. I told them I”m calling my mom. They got so pissed at me haha.
He even said that I’d put RM300 deposit first and register my name, but I still won’t get to see the prize until i pay at least Rm1100. I was like WTF? YOU’RE ASKING ME TO PAY DEPOSIT FOR REGISTERING MY NAME? All sorts of bullshit. But the more I argue, the more their lie is out in the open.. At last I called my mom she said no, so I went back.
At least now I know how to get to Danau Desa haha. They think I”m so stupid. Please, if you come across people like this, PLEASE THINK CAREFULLY.. actually if you think carefully they’ve already secretly hinted you that you’re about to be scammed, just that you are too excited to win a car prolly you ignore it.
The suspicious things:
– Why I can’t see the prize and have to pay
– They claimed only 200 of these ‘lucky card’ distributed in malaysia, then how would others in other state claim their prize if the prize is in the factory that’s 15 mins away? 200 cards but just a few prizes?
– RM5000 for brandless things? Come on.
– Never heard before company like Yusho and Kenko.
– The way they pressure you and acting all creepy, that you HAVE to pay that night and withdraw whatever you have.
– Suspicious winner photos and news article (PLEASE read the article carefully)
Beware. They were so many of them. All races. They will start to get so frustrated if you keep arguing and questioning them. and NEVER say you have money.
Here’s the address I was given to:
5-1-8, Jln 3/109F,
Taman Danau Desa,
01202241076 – Say Yee
They’ve been at the Times Square area (Jln Imbi) for sooooo long already. Somebody need to do something to shut down this scammers once and for all!
I feel like burning the building. I feel like lodging a police report. These people need to be stopped. They’ve been around for years and years.
EDIT//UPDATE// August 2nd, 2010 //
Hi. It’s been almost a year after this entry has been posted and I feel sorry for those who unfortunately fell for these evil scammers. These motherfuckers are still doing their job scamming people everywhere, and there are still people who were unfortunate enough to fall for it. Of course, nobody would look up about this, or know about this unless you’ve became a victim. Even I haven’t heard of this until I almost became a victim myself.
So to those who paid some money to these motherfuckers, the solution now is to lodge a police report, and make sure you keep any papers you received from them (receipt, agreement, name card, address, phone numbers) and lodge a complaint report to MALAYSIA CONSUMER TRIBUNAL/TRIBUNAL TUNTUTAN PENGGUNA MALAYSIA as soon as possible! I have heard people winning their cases and getting their money back. But you have to act fast before the fuckers pack their things up and move to another office, taking your money with them. Also if you received the mattress (or any shitty prize from them.. if you won a car, oi, keep it lol unless it’s a stolen car) do not open or resell the prize (or hope to). Nobody would buy an unknown mattress for more than RM5000 (or whatever amount you paid) unless you know a dumb person who would.
Here are the address and links to help you get your money back at the tribunal. Hopefully you’ll get your money back, and that you’ve learned your lesson. Good luck!
Malaysia Consumer Tribunal / Tuntutan Tribunal Pengguna Malaysia
Tribunal Tuntutan Pengguna Malaysia,
Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan,
Aras 5, Podium 2,
Talian Bebas Tol/Toll Free Line: 1-800-88-9811
Tel : 03-8882 5822
Faks : 03-8882 5831
Kuala Lumpur Branch
Tribunal Tuntutan Pengguna Malaysia,
Tingkat 16, Putra Place,
100, Jalan Putra,
50622 KUALA LUMPUR.
TEL: 03-4042 4181 / 4042 4194
FAKS: 03-4042 4259
Online report @ e-Aduan: http://e-aduan.kpdnkk.gov.my/
EDIT//UPDATE//June 28th, 2011//
Hi guys. Unfortunately from all the latest comments, it seems that people are still getting scammed and they’re still operating. These fuckers have no shame and they will never stop. So I decided that since they can’t be stopped, we need to create awareness. Please join and ‘LIKE’ the facebook page I created so we can share stories, information and anything to help create more awareness.
PLEASE JOIN AND LIKE THE FACEBOOK PAGE! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mega-Sales-Scratch-and-Win-Scam-Awareness-Group/124559840961106?sk=wall
Hopefully we can create awareness that will stop more people from getting scammed of their hard earned money. Thank you!