Doctor cheated of RM94,000 by online boyfriend

KUALA LUMPUR: A doctor lost RM94,000 in a love scam after becoming acquainted with a foreign man through social media.

Petaling Jaya district police chief Asst Comm Mohamad Fakhrudin Abdul Hamid said the 31-year-old woman claimed to have met the man via Facebook and then continued their “friendship” via the WhatsApp messaging platform.

“After two weeks of getting to know each other, the victim was asked to make an online transaction for the purchase of goods through a website.

“She clicked on the link given by the suspect and was asked to provide her personal information, and went on to make several transactions using her personal account,” he said in a statement yesterday.

After making several transactions, the woman claimed that her account was frozen for no apparent reason.

The victim was then asked to make payments to enable her account to be reactivated and followed the instructions by transferring her money, amounting to RM23,701, to several accounts.

“However, the woman was later informed that the amount was insufficient and she was required to make another payment using the Huobi app,” said ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin to Bernama.

The victim then deposited money into four separate accounts through the application.

The doctor only realised that she had been cheated after being asked by her “boyfriend” to transfer money to his friend’s account.

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