A woman in Kuantan is the latest victim of a syndicate involving a scammer pretending to be romantically interested in her
According to Bernama, the victim is a 28-year-old unemployed woman and she met her 'lover' via a social media application dubbed Cintaku.
He claimed to be a Malay businessman based in France and the two first connected with each other on 22 December last year.
The woman was promised RM89,700 through a foreign remittance transaction but was told to pay RM2,000 before the money could be credited into her account
Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof told Bernama, "The victim claimed to have exchanged phone numbers as well as given her bank account number to the man because he intended to send gifts, including cash, to symbolise his love for her. He followed up with a photograph of a cheque via a messaging application."
"The woman then received an email claiming that she would receive RM89,700 through a foreign remittance transaction, but first had to pay RM2,000 before the money could be credited to her account," he added.
After that, the man continued asking her to make more payments for various reasons related to the cash gift
The victim withdrew a total of RM418,400 from her mother's bank account and made 44 transactions to nine different accounts given by the suspect.
Mohd Wazir explained that the victim's mother, who is a teacher and a diabetic, had given the victim the responsibility of managing her bank account.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code
After finally realising that she had been duped, the victim filed a report on Wednesday, 3 March, at the Jerantut District Police Headquarters.
Section 420 of the Penal Code states that anyone found guilty of cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property is liable to a maximum jail term of 10 years, whipping, and a fine.