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A woman and her family reportedly paid a man $1450 for nine bottles of ‘holy water’ after being led to believe that it would help them get rid of bad luck.
However, things did not go smoothly for the family despite drinking the 'holy water', while the man continued asking her for more money.
In a fit of rage, the woman called the police.
Madam Yang, 30, who stays in a Bukit Batok flat with her husband, sister, and father, told Lianhe Wanbao that she and her husband were both unemployed.
The family is financially dependent on her sister, the sole worker in the family.
Madam Yang and her husband also have two children, who currently reside with foster families.
According to Madam Yang, the man who sold her the 'holy water' came from Indonesia and is about 50 years old.
She said that the man would often lurk at the foot of her block, peddling scavenged goods, and her sister was a regular customer.
Madam said that for the past few months, her sister has complained that the house was ‘unclean’ and told her that something had been tugging at her feet while she slept.
Said Madam Yang:
“I don’t know how the man came to know about this, but he told my sister that he had a solution to her problems.
“My sister believed him and wanted me to go along to see him.”
Madam Yang alleged that the man was an eloquent speaker and claimed to be a ‘spiritual consultant’ who was able to solve all sorts of problems with his 'holy water'.
The man apparently boasted that anything could be solved just by taking a spoonful of the 'holy water' and showering with the remaining water.
Madam Yang lamented:
“I don't know why, but I too was taken in by him.
“I thought of my two children, and hoped to use the power of the 'holy water' so they could return home .”
Madam Yang subsequently spent $400 on four bottles of 'holy water', while her sister paid $800 for five bottles.
It is unclear where the remaining $250 was derived from.
The 'holy water' looked no different from normal water and were contained in transparent plastic bottles.
Madam Yang said that after the purchase, the man sent her a message asking her for more money despite the 'holy water' failing to work.
She asked the man for a refund but he refused.
The man even taunted her to call the police threatened to ‘curse’ her children if she did not pay up.
Madam Yang added:
“My life did not turn around after drinking the ‘holy water’.
“I have called the police and I hope to publicise the matter so as to encourage others to be more careful.”