How far would you go for an internet lover?
Catfishing is not a new phenomenon in the current day. In fact, it is so prevalent that the younger generations are well-versed in the red flags to seek on an online dating site.
But in case you didn’t know, catfishing is the act of deceiving someone and luring them into a relationship based on a fictional internet persona.
JUICE previously reported on a case of an 18-year-old Singaporean who catfished and purported to be several women while operating a successful online sex scam.
However, another case of catfishing appeared again yesterday.
After falling for an “American” man she met on an online dating site, a business director in Ipoh, Perak, was scammed for RM5,290,000.
According to Kuala Lumpur police chief Azmi Abu Kassim, the 64-year-old victim filed a police complaint yesterday.
“The suspect introduced himself as a paramedic at California Hospital and deceived the victim by stating that he received a large contract for the supply of medical equipment worth US$22mil and needed initial capital funds, and promised to marry the victim,” said Azmi Abu Kassim.
Choosing to believe the promise, Azmi said that the victim then completed 120 funds transfer transactions totalling RM5,290,000 into 14 bank accounts provided by the suspect between January and June 2022.
Azmi further said that the lady exhausted all of her funds and borrowed money from a licensed money lender. A preliminary investigation revealed that the bank accounts also had information for other incidents of fraud with a similar method of operation.
He said that the matter was being investigated for cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
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