Civil servant in Miri loses RM12,000 in love scam

KUCHING: A civil servant in Miri, Sarawak, has claimed to have suffered a loss of RM12,000 to a love scam.

Miri district police chief, ACP Alexson Naga Chabu, said that, based on a report filed on Jan 30, the victim claimed to have befriended a woman through the Instagram application, subsequently continuing communication through WhatsApp.

"The victim was deceived by the suspect, who claimed to be able to assist in obtaining a loan. The victim only realised that he had been scammed after the suspect continuously borrowed money, resulting in a total loss of RM12,000,” he said in a statement on Thursday (Feb 1).

Alexson added that the case is now under investigation under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides imprisonment for up to 10 years, whipping and a fine, upon conviction. - Bernama

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