A Love Scam Story.
An elderly woman parted with a total of RM61,500 to a man she met online after falling victim to a love scam.
Pahang Commercial CID chief Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the 73-year-old victim met the suspect on social media in April and it led to a romantic online relationship with the suspect.
“The victim claimed that around the end of November, the suspect asked to borrow RM100,000 from her because he was facing financial problems and promised to return the money when his situation improved,” he told reporters today.
Trusting him, she made four transactions through a cash deposit machine, amounting to RM61,500, to the suspect. The last transaction was yesterday morning, he added.
Wazir said the victim only realised that she had been duped after a call from her bank yesterday afternoon asking her about the large withdrawals from her account.
He said the victim then lodged a report at the Bentong police station and the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, an offense which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years, whipping and a fine, if convicted.
Source: Bernama. Woman, 73, loses RM61,000 in online love scam
Published: 19th December 2020.