SIBU: A saleswoman thought she had found the love of her life but ended up losing RM35,550 in a love scam that started on Facebook.
Sibu deputy OCPD Supt Collin Babat said the woman, 34, became acquainted with the suspect while browsing her Facebook page at 8.10am on May 21.
"After a month of communicating with the suspect, who identified himself as David Lee Ching, the woman fell in love with him," he said.
The suspect subsequently also expressed his love for her and offered to send her a gift in the form of US$20,000 (RM87,087).
Supt Collin said on May 29, the victim received a call from a woman who claimed to be an international money transfer agent.
"The woman told her that she had to make several payments so that the money could be released to her," he said.
The victim transferred a total of RM35,550 from June 3 to June 30 to several account numbers provided by the suspect.
The money was supposedly for transfer fee, anti-money laundering fee and value tax fee.
She finally realised that she had been duped when she was asked to make another payment of RM27,500 as tax for the foreign money.
The case, Supt Collin said, was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
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