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(File pix) A businessman with a ‘Datuk’ title lost RM100,000 after he was duped by a man in the purchase of a non-existent piece of tin mine land in Chini, Pekan.

KUANTAN: A businessman with a ‘Datuk’ title lost RM100,000 after he was duped by a man in the purchase of a non-existent piece of tin mine land in Chini, Pekan.

Pahang Criminal Investigations Department chief Superintendent Mohd Wazir Yusof said the 54-year-old victim received the offer from the 35-year-old suspect on Dec 25 last year.

“The suspect told the victim that there was a tin mine in Chini up for sale at RM1 million because the contractor could not pay the tin mine company allegedly owned by another 'Datuk'.

“The victim was interested in taking over the mining activity and handed over a deposit of RM50,000 in cheque on Dec 29 and another RM50,000 by cash through a third party to the company,” he said.

After two months, he said the victim was informed by a third party that the land owner would be returning the deposit for failing to meet certain land sale agreement.

Nonetheless, to date, the victim claimed he has yet to receive his deposit money. Feeling cheated, he decided to lodged a police report.

The case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code. -- BERNAMA

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