SIBU: A civil servant, who believed that he had found his true love, sent RM60,000 as dowry to the woman for their marriage, only to realise later that he got scammed.
The 28-year-old victim had deposited the money in several transactions to an account given by the woman, from November 2017 to April 2019, said Sarawak commercial crime investigation department chief Supt Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah on Saturday (April 20).
The money was from a personal loan, which he had taken from a bank.
"In November 2017, the victim got to know of the woman, who identified herself as Aishah on Facebook. Subsequently, they stayed connected through WhatsApp," he added.
Supt Mustafa said the woman then broached the question of marriage to him, in which he agreed to marry her.
"However, in order for their marriage to work, the woman asked him to send as much money as possible for the dowry," he said.
After transferring a total of RM60,000 in several transactions, the victim then realised that he had been cheated, after attempts to contact her failed.
The woman had also closed her Facebook account. He lodged a police report on April 19.
Supt Mustafa advised the public not to fall for such scams.
"Do not trust any strangers whom you have befriended from social media without knowing their background. Most love scam victims had not even met the other party, but had easily sent them money," he added.