Parents of murdered girl warn of scammers

(From left) Yap and Kan at the press conference. – Picture from Borneo Post

By John Isaac

THE public are advised to be wary of scammers claiming to be family members of Irene Chung, the woman who was murdered in Taiwan on Oct 29.

The family’s lawyer, Yap Hoi Liong, said on Friday that someone posing as Desmond Chung, Irene’s father, had been making calls to people.

“An ex-classmate of Desmond received a call on Thursday from an unknown person who said he was Desmond,” said Yap.

According to the ex-classmate, the scammer claimed he had been robbed of his handphone and was using a new number.

He also invited the ex-classmate to go to his “new restaurant” the next week.

Yap said the scammer called the ex-classmate again on Friday and claimed that he needed RM3,000 urgently to pay his contractor and would repay him by the end of the day.

“He was given a bank account number to transfer the money to,” Yap added.

Fortunately, the ex-classmate called up Desmond to verify the matter.

According to The Star, Yap urged the Sibu police to contact Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to take action.

He also advised people to be wary of anyone asking for money for Irene’s funeral expenses or otherwise.

Irene, a 24-year-old student of Chiang Jung Christian University in Tainan, Taiwan was found dead on Oct 29 and a suspect named Liang has confessed to the murder.

The suspect admitted to strangling Irene and disposing of her body.

Yap said that they were still waiting for the official post-mortem report from Taiwan on the cause of Irene’s death.

nt next week.