‘Travel agent’ ran off with RM56,000, claims woman

The woman claimed the ‘travel agent’ admitted he had mismanaged the money meant for the China tour.

KUANTAN: A woman has alleged that she was cheated of RM56,360 by a “travel agent” who asked her to collect the money from a group of people for a China tour.

The 37-year-old woman lodged a police report in Maran, near here, yesterday after the so-called travel agent admitted he could not fulfil his side of the bargain, Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said.

She now fears the 29 people whom she had collected the money from might come after her if she could not give them a refund, Wazir told reporters today.

The woman told police she had not been able to contact the individual since Dec 9 after he left a message in a WhatsApp group saying the tour, scheduled to begin last Thursday, had been cancelled, he said.

“She claimed she had taken on the role of a tour leader and gathered several friends to buy a tour package to China costing between RM1,650 and RM1,990 each.

“Those who signed up paid the money in instalments between last year and early this month to the woman, who banked it into the account of the agent,” he said.

Wazir said the woman claimed the “travel agent” later admitted he had mismanaged the money but promised to return it over three months.