Whenever she watched Police Report on TV, Mrs Tam always wondered why victims of street deception crimes could be so gullible. The 56-year-old housewife got the answer last month when she almost gave away all her savings to three swindlers in Tai Wai. Mrs Tam was on her way to join friends at a dim sum restaurant when she met a mainland woman who claimed she was looking for a 'very powerful Chinese medicine practitioner who could work magic on his patients'. 'The woman told me that her husband, who was a lorry driver, killed two people in a traffic accident on the mainland. She also said that he was emotionally unstable and was sent to the Prince of Wales Hospital. She begged me to help her find the doctor to save him.' Mrs Tam said she did not believe the stranger's claims at first. But she changed her mind after two other mainland women, posing as passers-by, joined in the conversation. 'One of the women looked at me and said something disastrous would happen to your family members today. She said I must seek help from the magic doctor. I immediately worried about my son. 'I felt like I was in a dream and started to do everything the women told me to.' On the instructions of the three women, Mrs Tam went back to her flat to get all her jewellery and visited the bank in an attempt to withdraw her savings. 'The women told me that I had to wrap all my assets in paper for a special ceremony to be performed by the magic doctor. My family would be safe after the ceremony.' Fortunately, staff at the bank smelled a rat and warned Mrs Tam not to give the money to strangers. It was then she realised 'something was not right' and told the women she would not go with them. She later reported the matter to the police. 'I will never talk to any strangers again,' she said.