MELAKA: A senior citizen smitten with a "German lad" she met online ended up losing RM34,040 to a conman.
Melaka Commercial Crime chief Supt E. Sundra Rajan said the 66-year-old victim, who is still single, met the suspect on social media in April last year and it led to a romantic online relationship.
He added that the suspect claimed to be a young man named Ahmed Hamza from Berlin, Germany.
“The victim claimed that around February, the suspect said he wanted to send a huge sum of Euros to be converted to Malaysian ringgit.
“The suspect claimed that he planned to reside in Malaysia with the victim once the money had been converted into ringgit," Supt Sundra Rajan said on Thursday (March 18).
He said the victim then received WhatsApp messages from the suspect’s accomplice claiming to represent a courier service.
The accomplice said he could not deliver a package containing such a large amount of money without declaring it to the Inland Revenue Board, as well as paying stamp duties and currency conversion fees, Supt Sundra Rajan said.
Believing the parcel was for real, he said the victim made 19 transactions into seven bank accounts to settle the "fees".
The victim only realised she had been duped when her bank called on Wednesday (March 17) afternoon to ask about the large withdrawals from her account.
Supt Sundra said she lodged a report at the Tanjung Minyak police station on Wednesday after her online love interest went missing and she never received the parcel.
He said the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years, whipping and a fine, if convicted.