Online trader conned out of RM40k in just two weeks

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019

SIBU: It only took two weeks for a female online trader to be conned out of RM40,250 in a parcel scam scheme by her online "boyfriend."

Sibu OCPD asst comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the victim had on June 18, befriended a man, who claimed to be a Korean working in the United Kingdom, through a social media application.

"After several conversations, the suspect requested her number, as he said it would be easier to communicate with her that way," he said.

Two weeks later, the suspect told her that he would be sending her £15,000 (RM77,400), a handbag, a wristwatch, gold necklace and other jewellery items as a birthday present.

"On July 2, a woman who claimed that she was an officer of a courier company called the victim, saying the items had been withheld and she would have to pay for the Anti-Terrorist Certificate, local charges and Customs clearance fees," he added.

Believing that she could claim the items, the victim made eight bank transactions to an account number provided by the woman.

ACP Stanley said the money was from her online trading capital and she had also borrowed some from her parents.

It was only after her sister told her that it was a scam that she called the suspect. When the line was dead, she realised she had been cheated and lodged a police report on July 9.

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

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