Scammers are becoming increasingly prevalent within today’s modern society and their main motive is to take advantage of those who are vulnerable when it comes to their love life.
Unfortunately, a 68-year-old widower from Johor Bahru has become the latest victim of a massive scam amounting to RM257,152.
After three years of courtship through Facebook, the widower’s scammer proposed to her and promised to send her a grand amount of US$750,000 (RM3,135,000) under the pretence of securing a future for the both of them. The money was supposedly meant to buy a house and car for the couple.
However, the funds had to go through a “US Agent” that would contact her through WhatsApp. When the agent finally contacted the widower, the perpetrator then asked her to pay RM300,000 as “custom processing and tax fee.”
The widower then used her late husband’s savings as well as borrowed money from friends in order to pay the amount. She became suspicious when the agent continued to pester her for more money, resulting in numerous transactions.
The victim then lodged a police report when the harassment became incessant. Assistant Commissioner Mohd Salleh of the Johor police force used the incident as an example to remind the public of the dangers of online scammers. He said,