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Perth Man Loses Life Savings In Bali Card Game Scam

A warning to travelers

Perth Man Loses Life Savings In Bali Card Game Scam

A man, 66, has been fleeced to the tune of $200,000, after getting lured into a high stakes card game in Bali.

The man from Baldivis was shopping in Kuta last October when he was approached by a woman who befriended him.

After spending two days together, the woman invited him to meet her sister who she said was moving to Perth on a nurse exchange program and wanted some local information.

He was taken to a village where he was introduced to a man described by his friends as a wealthy businessman who liked to gamble.

The victim was enticed into a card game where he did not have to put any of his own money in, but won $2,000 over a few hands.

A suitcase was eventually presented, supposedly containing $80,000 and, made to believe he had a guaranteed winning hand, the scam victim was duped into putting up $57,000 of his own money.

To give him time to raise the money, the cards were sealed in an envelope so the game could continue at a later date.

The victim was told that his money would be put in a safe on a ship which docked in Johor in Malaysia and he travelled there in November, where the game continued.

That's where he was persuaded to invest another $50,000 as the stakes in the game rose.

The game moved on to Manila in the Philippines in January, where the victim invested a further $100,000 of his own money believing he has a guaranteed prospect of winning about $200,000 as well as getting all his money back.

After handing over the final payment to two members of the gang, they said they were going to the toilet but disappeared and the man has had no contact from them since.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe said anyone going overseas is advised not to get involved in these games as tempting as the proposition may be at the time.

"The perpetrators are professional criminals so won’t take no for an answer and put enormous pressure on their victims to take part," she said.

"Once the game begins and money is invested, the victim thinks they have no choice but to play along as the stakes get higher."