A 74-year-old Malaysian woman was allegedly cheated by a trio of con men out of her entire life savings of more than US$9,000 after a migrant asked for her help to cash what he claimed was a winning lottery ticket check.

The incident happened at a bus stop near Ipoh Hospital at 11am on March 20, when the victim surnamed Yeoh was approached by a Vietnamese or Myanmar national who claimed to have won a prize from the Malaysian Lottery Toto, the China Press reported.

The man claimed that, because he was foreign, he was unable to claim the prize. He explained that he wanted the woman’s assistance in claiming the lottery prize on his behalf.

At the same time, two Malaysian Chinese men, approximately 50 and 60 years old, “overheard” their conversation, and came forward to check the migrant’s ticket stub. Both confirmed to Yeoh that the migrant really had hit the jackpot.

The two men drove the woman and the “lottery winner” to the betting center at Canning Garden.

One of the Malaysian Chinese men went into the betting center and later emerged with what he claimed was an officially issued check for 500,000 ringgit, and made a phone call to a bank to ask about cashing it.

The woman was told that a new bank account required an initial deposit of 45,000 ringgit in cash, a sum that the worker did not have. He offered to pay the woman 100,000 ringgit if she would open the account for him.

The women then made withdrawals from several different bank branches totaling 38,306 ringgit (US$9,411), after which she was dropped at a shop to photocopy her Malaysian ID card. However when she returned with the photocopy the three men had fled with her money.