MELAKA: A “Casanova” who duped a religious teacher from Alor Gajah into parting with her savings of RM78, 000 turned out to be a 38-year-old Nigerian man.
State Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt E. Sundra Rajan said the illegal immigrant was arrested during a raid on a condominium unit in Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, on Sunday.
“During questioning, the suspect claimed that he was bored sitting at home during the movement control order and decided to go online and make friends with people before cheating them.
“Checks showed he had entered the country in March last year under a social visit pass and had overstayed, ” he told reporters here yesterday.
Supt Sundra said police were investigating whether the suspect was behind other similar love scams.
He said police confiscated 14 bank cards, electronic gadgets, a Nigerian passport and various other items during the noon raid.
“We are now looking for one of his accomplices, ” he said.
Supt Sundra added that the suspect had been remanded to assist investigations under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
Supt Sundra said police started tracking down the suspect after the 49-year-old religious teacher lodged a police report on June 9 that she had been duped.
The victim, a single mother, claimed she was cheated by a man she had befriended on Facebook in early May.
The victim was lured to part with her money by the scammer who claimed he had sent her expensive ornaments.
She also constantly received romantic messages from him to woo her.