JOHOR BARU: A 58-year-old widow parted with more than RM508,000 to her "Australian lover” after falling prey to a love scam.
The woman got to know the scammer, believed to be in his 40s, through Facebook in October last year, said Johor Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Asst Comm Mohd Salleh Abdullah.
“The suspect told the victim that he faced financial difficulties with his oil and gas company and asked for her help.
“The unemployed victim fell for his sweet talk and sold her house, jewellery and used up her late husband’s savings to help him,” he said in a statement on Sunday (Aug 30).
He managed to convince her to make the first money transfer in November last year and she made a total of 48 transactions as of Aug 28, amounting to RM508,600, he added.
“When she tried to make plans to meet up with the suspect, he gave all sorts of excuses and could not be contacted any more.
“That is when she realised she was conned,” he said, adding that she made the police report on Aug 29.
ACP Salleh said this was the second such case reported this week involving a large sum of money.
“Although we have highlighted love scam cases in the media, there are still people who continue to fall prey to these scams.
“We want to alert the public about this trend and remind them not to give money to unknown individuals,” he said, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
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