Businesswoman loses RM143k in FB love scam


KOTA KINABALU (Bernama): A businesswoman suffered more than just heartbreak when she discovered she had been cheated of RM143,000 by a love scam syndicate recently.

Penampang District Police chief DSP Mohd Haris Ibrahim said the 50-year-old woman claimed to have met her 'boyfriend' through Facebook.

"The businesswoman is believed to have been conned by a love scam syndicate and was tricked by the suspect, who told her that RM16.6mil that he owned had been frozen.

"He then asked for her help to perform a financial transaction, promising her a ‘reward’, ” he said in a statement on Friday (Nov 13).

"The syndicate’s modus operandi is to get to know victims on social media, sweet talk them to gain their trust and then request an amount of money for various purposes.

"The number of cases involving love scams in Penampang has risen of late.

"Therefore, the public is advised to be careful when dealing with unknown individuals, ” he said, adding that the case would be investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for fraud. – Bernama

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