The excitement of receiving a cash gift of thousands of United States (US) dollars allegedly from a lover abroad, trapped two victims here to a loss of RM27,490 after being deceived by the Love Scam syndicate.
Seberang Perai Utara District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Noorzainy Mohd Noor, said the two victims consisted of a 54-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, each involved in different cases after meeting individuals, allegedly from abroad via Facebook, recently. this.
“After a long acquaintance, the acquaintance claimed to have sent a gift from abroad as a sign of love for the victim.
“The next two victims were contacted by a suspect disguised as a delivery company claiming that the gift had arrived and contained thousands of cash in the form of U.S. dollars.
“The victim is then required to make payment into the account number provided if he wants to receive the goods,” he said in a statement here today.
Noorzainy said the two victims, who were excited to receive the gift, each transferred RM13,790 and RM13,700 into the account number given by the suspect without checking first.
“Both victims became suspicious when the suspects were still asking for extra money before they made a check with the police yesterday and found they had been cheated.
“Therefore, a police report was also lodged to enable further action to be taken,” he said.
Noorzainy said police were investigating the suspect’s account under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
“People are advised to be vigilant and not be easily fooled by the tricks of syndicates that use social sites such as Facebook and Instagram as platforms to carry out these activities.