IPT employee loses RM500,000 to online love scam

PETALING JAYA: A female staff member at a higher learning institution (IPT) in Kuala Terengganu was cheated out of RM500,000 in an online love scam.

Kuala Terengganu OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rahim Md Din told Malay language daily Sinar Harian that the woman met the man, who is believed to be a foreigner, on an online dating platform in July 2020.

"In the three-year span of their relationship, the man had asked her to make bank transfers a total of 22 times claiming it was a gesture of her love for him.

"The man had asked the woman to transfer a total of RM500,000 to various accounts and ordered her to delete the bank receipts after the transfers were made," he said.

Abdul Rahim said the woman only realised she was being scammed after her colleague told her the man was using a fake identity online.

"The victim immediately filed a police report on Sunday (March 26) and the case is currently being investigated by the Kuala Terengganu Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) under Section 420 of the Penal Code," he said.

The police advise the public to be alert to online scams when they browse the web.

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