POLICE are hunting for a group of Chinese women who have allegedly been targeting Asian women and scamming them out of large amounts of money.
About 2.30pm and 4.30pm on August 16, two Chinese women — who pretended not to know each other — approached a 46-year-old woman and started talking to her about a non-existent Chinese doctor.
This information was communicated to a third woman.
Shortly afterwards, the third woman approached the victim, pretending to be the Chinese doctor's granddaughter.
She told the victim that her grandfather, who was a psychic, had predicted bad things would happen to the woman's family unless she gave the woman and her accomplices cash and jewellery.
The three women then followed the victim to her home in Wantirna where she gave them jewellery and cash. The women told the victim not to tell anyone about the crime or her family would die.
The first woman, who is known as Lily, is Asian and about 160 centimetres. She has a thin build with black, shoulder length hair tied in a bun. She had a black earring in her left ear lobe and a number of gold earings in her upper ear. She spoke Mandarin.
The second woman, who is known as Lin, is Asian and about 155 centimetres. She's about 47 with brown, shoulder-length hair, big eyes and a round face. She was wearing a tan, knee-length overcoat and carried a large green bag. She also spoke Mandarin.
The third woman is about 49. She has a slim build and short, black hair which was cut into a bob. She was wearing glasses and had a freckle or birthmark under her left eye. She was wearing a green jumper and vest and blue runners. She spoke Cantonese.
Police believe the deception has also happened in Box Hill and are asking anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.