A mainland tourist in Macau lost HK$3,000 worth of casino chips to a group of fellow mainlanders who had sought his help after they claimed to have lost all their money to gambling, Macao Daily reported.
The victim, who is in his 20s and from Nanjing, said the incident happened while he was strolling at a hotel shopping arcade after visiting a casino at Zona Nova de Aterros do Porto Exterior in the early hours of Saturday.
He said he was surrounded by four men and two women who told him they had lost all their money in a casino and wanted to borrow some cash for meals.
He said he was scared and gave them HK$500 worth of chips. However, the group asked for more.
After the victim refused, one of the men grabbed HK$2,500 worth of chips in his possession and ran off.
The victim sought help from hotel security staff, who was able to stop two men and a woman. They were turned over to the police.
The three suspects, all surnamed Ma and aged 30 to 45, were later taken to the Public Prosecutions Office.
Macau police were searching for the three other suspects.
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