JEMPOL: A retiree who now works as a rubber tapper lost almost RM100,000 of his Employees Provident Fund savings in a love scam.
Jempol OCPD Supt Hoo Chang Hook said the 58-year-old from a new village in Air Hitam, near here, only realised he had been conned when one Sarah Wong he met via Facebook kept asking for more money.
He said the victim first came to know the suspect, who claimed to be a Singaporean living in Australia, in February and they became close over time.
“Although they kept in touch via WhatsApp after that, they never once spoke over the phone or video-called one another,” he said in a statement.
He added that the woman had told the victim that she was involved in the crude oil business.
“After some time, she told the victim that her company was facing financial problems and asked if he could loan her some cash.
“By then, he believed they were in a relationship and sent her money.
“On June 9 and 10, he transferred RM99,000 of his EPF money in six transactions to an account that the suspect said belonged to an employee of her company,” said Supt Hoo.
The man became suspicious when the suspect asked for another RM131,000, claiming that her company was still in financial trouble.
“Realising that he could have been conned, the victim lodged a police report on June 17,” he said.
The matter is being probed under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, under which offenders can be jailed between one and 10 years and fined upon conviction.