Elderly woman loses RM257,000 in love scam


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  • Monday, 24 Aug 2020

JOHOR BARU: A 68-year-old woman lost about RM257,000 of her late husband’s savings and even resorted to borrowing money from friends after falling prey to an online love scam.

She had befriended someone on Facebook and their “love affair” went on for about three years, said Johor Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Asst Comm Mohd Salleh Abdullah.

“He managed to convince the senior citizen that he wanted to marry her, ” he said yesterday.

At one point, the man indicated that he would be sending her US$750,000 (RM3.13mil) so that she could buy a car and a house.

ACP Salleh said the man told her the money would be transferred using a US money transfer agency but that she would have to settle the taxes and customs charges before the cash could be released to her.

“She was later contacted by an individual posing as a money transfer agent in Kuala Lumpur, asking her to pay the taxes and customs charges amounting to RM300,000.”

“The woman resorted to using the money from her late husband’s savings and also borrowed from friends to make the payment in several bank transactions, ” he said.

She realised she was being duped after the agent continued to ask for more money. The woman eventually lodged a report at the Johor Baru Central police station on Aug 22.

ACP Salleh urged the public not to fall for such tactics used by love scam syndicates.

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