An elderly woman was cheated of more than $5 000 by a conman claiming to be a 'miracle' doctor. Madam Tan Si Lian (1) __________
the conman at the void deck of her flat when she was there chatting with her friends.
Madam Tan said that the man introduced himself as Physician Loh, a doctor from Tibet. He commented that Madam Tan was not in good health and showed (2) __________
some black stones which were (3) __________
in a red bag. He claimed that the black stones had divine healing (4) _________
They would be able to (5) __________
her back to health. He also said that the black stones had cured many people with incurable illness in China. Thus, he was sure that the black stones (6) __________
help Madam Tan too. Because Physician Loh spoke so politely and looked so sincere, she readily (7) __________
him. She confided that she indeed often suffered (8) __________
backaches and pains in her joints.
He told her that numerous people wanted the black stones but as he was (9) __________
to meet Madam Tan, he decided to sell the black stones to her for a (10) ___________
fee. Madam Tan was elated and quickly went to an ATM and (11) __________
her money from her savings account without a second (12) __________
. It was after she had handed the money (13) __________ t
o Physician Loh and taken the stones home that she (14) __________
she had been duped. When she washed the stones in hot water, their colour began to (15) __________
What she was left with were stones that had been painted with water colour!