Pass it on….. let more people be aware of such things around them. I just heard a few days ago that a new type of crime has surfaced in town.
It goes something like this:-
Somebody slips a handphone into your pocket. sometimes it could be just a wallet with an identity card and a few dollars. A few minutes later, the ‘owner’ comes up and confronts you, the ‘thief ‘. He makes a big commotion that you stole his stuff. You, caught unaware, are then pulled aside by the ‘owner’ for a settlement you are intimidated and threatened that if you do not pay up the police will be brought in. If you pay up, this ‘owner’ lets you go. If not, the police are brought in. Another strange thing is that there always seems to be a ‘witness’ to the your ‘theft’. I am told this often happens to foreigners at the Airport or even at underground trains. Given that you’re ‘guilty until proven innocent’ as far as the police are concerned, I understand some poor people are in jail for these ‘offences’. At the Air-port, the ‘owner’ throws his handphone and wallet with the few dollar notes into the luggage trolley of a just arrived passenger. The drama unfolds a few minutes later. The real culprit has easily convinced the police to arrest the real victim (if he has not paid up the ‘settlement’ demand).
This is a very serious matter. This is another form of extortionists perating in broad daylight. They are disgusting criminals who will do anything to rob and steal. The sickening part of the whole scenario is that unless you pay the “settlement” money, they will put you in real trouble by calling the police. the real culprit gets back his handphone and wallet but the real victim (i.e. could be any one of us) is thrown into the police lock up and charged in court.
Picked from forwarded email.