PETALING JAYA: For more than a year they were preying on the vulnerability of lonely women to con them of every penny they had.
The syndicate comprised two Nigerian men and a woman from Sabah.
The men would act as “generous online lovers” while the woman would act as the negotiator who contacted the victims when their lovers’ parcels containing gold and other valuables were “detained” upon arrival here.
Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) deputy director (Intelligence and Operations) Senior Asst Comm Roslan Abd Wahid said they launched an investigation into the case after a 39-year-old accounting executive lodged a report.
“The woman from Batu Caves claimed that she lost RM118,000 to a love scam syndicate,” he said.
He said they investigated the case for about five months before they caught their big break on Tuesday.
“We raided a budget hotel in Petaling Jaya and arrested two Nigerian men aged 25 and a 49-year-old woman from Sabah.
“We seized 11 mobile phones, three laptops and a diary containing names and numbers,” he said, adding that the diary was believed to contain the names of the victims.
SAC Roslan said the three confessed to their involvement in the syndicate and led police to a condominium in Taman OUG where they arrested a Sarawakian woman and two Filipina aged between 36 and 41.
“We also seized a Peugeot and Proton Gen2 cars under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 (AMLA),” he said, adding that further investigations revealed that the suspects had duped at least 12 victims and had raked in more than RM400,000.