Online romance a costly affair


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 09 Jun 2019

KEPALA BATAS: A senior bank officer lost over RM3mil after being scammed by a “gentleman” she met on an online dating application.During the whirlwind romance lasting just a month, the 51-year-old woman transferred the money to three bank accounts between August and September 2018.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said it all started when the woman got to know the individual, who called himself John Eric Chen, through the dating app last year.

“Their relationship became more intimate as the suspect promised to marry her in the near future.

“The suspect also offered her an opportunity to work together in an oil and gas project worth US$25mil but she was required to make a pre-payment of US$38,000.

“The woman did not suspect anything amiss and made several transfers totalling about US$815,331, which was equivalent to RM3.38mil. “After transferring the money, she could no longer reach him.”

Suspecting that something was not right, the woman made a police report on June 4.

The case is now being probed under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

ACP Noorzainy advised the public not to be easily duped by online love scam syndicates, especially through social media platforms.

Meanwhile, Consumers Asso­cia­tion of Penang education officer N.V. Subbarow, when contacted, said the online love scams have been going on for quite some time. “Most of the victims are women, especially single mothers who do not have support from their family.

“Hotline help centres should be set up to advise these women,” he said.


   

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