SEREMBAN: A 36-year-old tailor from Bandar Seri Jempol here has been duped of RM105,000 in a love scam.
Negri Sembilan Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Aibee Ab Ghani said the victim is married and met the man who claimed to be an Indonesian on Facebook towards the end of 2018.
"The man went by the name of KA Agus, claimed to live in Palembang and began professing his love for the victim.
“And when she fell for him, he started pouring out his problems to her and asked if she could loan him some cash," he said.
Supt Aibee said the suspect also promised to repay the victim after selling off his land.
He added that the victim eventually agreed to help the man and transferred the cash in stages into 19 different Indonesian bank accounts which he claimed belonged to his family members and friends.
Supt Aibee said the first transfer involving some RM30,000 was made in Aug 2019.
"The victim initially gave the man her savings and when he asked for more, she started borrowing from family and friends.
"Her husband came to know about the matter when he realised that they had suddenly run out of savings," he said.
The victim then tried to contact the suspect but was unsuccessful.
The case is being probed under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
Offenders can be jailed between one and 10 years, whipped and fined upon conviction.