SIBU: A pastry chef was cheated out of RM2,500 by a 'dentist from America' in a love scam.
Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said that on March 18, the 22-year-old woman got acquainted with a man named Raymond Wai Hong on Facebook.
"Raymond told her that he is a dentist in the US. Soon after, the complainant fell in love with him. Raymond related to her that he wanted to come to Malaysia and marry her," he said.
He also promised her that as an appreciation for her love, he would send her gifts which included a handphone, jewellery and USD$20,000 (RM87,160) cash.
ACP Stanley added that on April 3, while the complainant was at home, she received a WhatsApp message telling her that the gifts had arrived.
However, she was asked to pay RM4,500 as the items had been detained in the Kuala Lumpur Custom Department.
"Around 11.35am on the same day, she transferred RM2,500 to an account provided by the suspect. After that, she called asking when the items could be released to her. But she was again told to make another payment of RM2,000 before the items would be sent to her," he added.
Hearing this, she realised that she had been cheated.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
In another case, a businessman lost RM10,900 in a loan scam.
ACP Stanley said that on March 4, the 38-year-old victim saw a company offering a quick loan on Facebook.
"As he wanted to borrow RM15,000 as capital for his birdnest processing business, he sent a message to the so-called company Facebook account," he said.
Then on March 24, he received a text message telling him that his loan application had been approved. However, he needed to pay RM10,900 as a processing fee.
The complainant had from March 30 to April 2, transferred the money to four different account numbers.
However, the businessman was asked to pay another RM900, who realised that he was being cheated.
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