MELAKA: A heartbroken 71-year-old grandmother here has lodged a police report after being cheated by a man who promised to marry her.
Melaka Commercial Crime chief Supt E. Sundra Rajan said the victim was enticed by the man, who communicated with her in Bahasa Malaysia after they became acquainted through Facebook on March 27.
"The scammer also messaged the victim through WhatsApp claiming that he needed urgent financial assistance, apparently after being detained by Customs officers at Melaka Port," Supt Sundra Rajan said on Friday (April 16).
It is learnt that the victim told investigators the fraudster was romantic and much younger than her.
Supt Sundra Rajan said the fraudster claimed that he was on a cargo ship transporting rail tracks and other equipment for a project in Japan.
He said the man claimed to have been arrested by Customs officers for carrying excessive cash that was confiscated at the port.
Believing the man, the victim asked her relative to deposit RM18,000 over seven transactions into three different bank accounts.
Supt Sundra Rajan said the victim suspected something amiss when the fraudster continued to ask for money.
He said the victim then lodged a police report at the Tanjung Minyak police station on Thursday (April 15) and the case is being probed under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.