KUCHING (August 22): A woman in her 40s was ripped off a total of RM60,140 by a man she met on Facebook in July of this year.
The suspect with the username “Tan Jenny Mon” allegedly told the victim he was sending a gift from Manchester, England, as a symbol of their relationship after a month of courtship.
“The suspect then claimed he was sending the gift by courier,” Padawan District Deputy Police Chief DSP Lim Jaw Shyong said in a statement yesterday.
Earlier this month, the victim received a phone call allegedly from a courier company asking him to pay RM 3,500 in taxes for the package.
The victim then transferred the amount to a bank account given by the appellant.
The appellant then asked the victim to transfer another 11,150 RM after claiming that the contents of the package were a large sum of money.
“The victim complied and made another transfer to another bank account,” Lim said.
Three days later, the victim was ordered to transfer an additional 45,490 RM to a bank account, with the appellant claiming that the money previously transferred was insufficient for the package to be cleared by customs.
The victim then made the transfer before realizing that she had been scammed.
The case is under investigation under article 420 of the Criminal Code for cheating.
“I would like to advise the public not to be easily swayed by the people they meet online and fall victim to dating scams,” added Lim who advised against writing articles on social media accounts on loneliness, the search for a life partner or financial difficulties. .
Such messages, he said, would most likely attract the attention of online crooks.
Those with information about online scams can call the Commercial Crime Investigation Department’s Scam Response Center on 03-2610 1559 or 03-2610 1599.
The service can also be reached at the infoline by SMS or Whatsapp at 013-2111222.