NST reporter roughed up by scratch-card gang

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PETALING JAYA: A New Straits Times reporter out jogging was roughed up by members of a ‘scratch and win’ syndicate today after she refused to take part.

The woman, aged 32, said she was approached by a man and two women at KLCC Park.

“When I ignored them, one of the women pushed me with her scratch book a few times. I told them off but one of them started cursing at me,” she said, according to NST Online. “I took out my phone to snap a picture but the man tried to push the phone aside, causing it to fall and break.”

They immediately fled the scene.

She lodged a police report at Dang Wangi.

The syndicate is believed to have assaulted a man the same night at another location.

The report said scratch-and-win syndicates involved groups of between three and five, who offer scratch cards with purported prizes of cars, motorcycles and expensive appliances, by which their victims are duped into buying shoddy goods at inflated prices.