PETALING JAYA: A saleswoman who thought she had found love online ended up with a boyfriend from hell.
The 23-year-old, who only wanted to be known as May, met the man via an online game last April.
They became a couple a month later, and met for the first time in person in October, at Genting Highlands.
However, just a day after their first meeting, the man told her that he needed money to pay off some car loans.
"He also borrowed money from me to pay his phone bill and rent. He would also ask about my monthly pay and would scold me if i did not pay his bills on time," she said during a press conference organised Wednesday (April 7) by MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head, Datuk Seri Michael Chong.
She also said the 31-year-old man would force her to borrow money from loan sharks and made her send him nude photos of herself.
He even attempted to control her physical appearance.
"Around Jan 27 this year, he started to instruct me to wake up at 5.30am to exercise. He would force me to record myself daily as proof," she said.
Family intervention finally made her realise that this was not a normal relationship.
Having had enough, she broke off with the man on March 23, after having handed over RM17,000 to him since October.
Chong, who organised the press conference, said that these "casanovas" would normally blackmail their victims after getting nude photos and such.
"I have seen many similar cases such as this.
"I hope her story will serve as a deterrent to other potential victims," he said.