Woman loses more than her heart

Harsh reality: The victim with Chong (right) and MCA Public Services and Complaints Department legal adviser James Yee at a press conference at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: A woman gave RM9,000 to a man who promised to marry her.

Little did she know that this would only lead to a shattered heart, a huge debt to pay off and sleepless nights.Relating her ordeal, the 33-year-old woman said she befriended a man known as Kevin online and met him in person on June 6.

“He told me that he worked in the oil and gas industry and needed RM9,000 to pay for chemical products for his business. I agreed to lend him the money.

“He then promised to propose to me during his next visit on Sept 30, ” the woman said, adding that she has not heard from Kevin since, and that she had been planning to go on a holiday with him in Bangkok.

But what the woman, who lost her job as a salesperson last month, did next would put her in a deeper financial and emotional quandary.

She tried to obtain a RM30,000 loan from two moneylenders on Facebook named Apple and Jessie, who demanded that she pay processing, legal and tax fees amounting to RM14,000 in order for them to proceed with the loan.

“They told me that I would go to jail if I did not make the payments.

“So I went to loan sharks and borrowed RM14,000 to settle this payment, ” the woman told reporters at the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department in Wisma MCA here yesterday.

She said the loan sharks then started harassing her to make payments but she was in no position to pay off the loan.

She said one of the loan sharks offered to turn a blind eye to the debt and to also give her cash if she posed nude for him.

“He brought me to a hotel and took pictures and videos of me. He said I did not need to worry about making any payment.

“He then gave me RM100, ” she added.

The woman, who revealed that her family had forked out over RM50,000 to help ease her financial burden, said she was worried that the man might use the photos and videos to blackmail her.

Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong believed that the woman is a victim of a love scam and that Kevin is a conman.

“She is in so much debt now. We have advised her to lodge a police report on the matter, ” he said.

Chong said his department had dealt with four similar cases this year involving losses amounting to RM118,000.

“I advise people not to be so gullible, ” he added.

However, the woman is still keeping her fingers crossed as far as Kevin is concerned.

“I have faith that he will come back and marry me, ” she said.

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