KUALA LUMPUR: A customer service officer lost more than RM65,000 after he was persuaded to invest in an online financial scheme by a woman he had befriended on Facebook.
Ng, 27, from Cheras, said he began chatting with the woman known as Katherine Lim after she approached him on the social media site last October.
When he mentioned some financial problems, she recommended him an online finance game scheme promising at least 20% in returns, saying she had made good money from it.
When he earned RM720 from his initial RM3,600 investment in October, Lim offered Ng further capital to enrol for the VIP investment package.
“She said I could get RM97,776 in returns from a RM200,000 investment, plus 20% extra interest.
“She sounded very convincing. We never met, ” he told reporters at the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department here yesterday.
Ng said when he agreed to join the VIP package, Lim introduced him to “Ah Leong”, to whom he transferred RM9,000 in processing fees in November.
“He also made recommendations where I could get loans, ” he said.
When Ng couldn’t get a loan, Lim and Ah Leong offered to lend him RM50,000 and RM70,000 respectively.
“I saw the money reflected in my online finance game account, ” he said.
Ng said that after a bank loan was approved earlier this year, he transferred RM40,000 to Ah Leong for his investment.
However, when he couldn’t get in touch with Ah Leong for two weeks after that, Lim told him Ah Leong had been in a coma in Taiwan since Jan 20.
At this point, Ng demanded to withdraw his investment.
‘’But Lim introduced me to another person who talked me into putting another RM8,000. I then banked in RM5,500, ’’ he said.
It was not until a friend berated him that Ng realised that he had been scammed.
Ng said Lim and Ah Leong were now threatening him. He lodged a police report in Brickfields on Tuesday.
Datuk Seri Michael Chong, the department head, advised the public to beware of syndicates that preyed on victims via social media.