M’sian Woman & Foreign Boyfriend Nabbed For Running Email Scam Involving RM3.9 Million!

A couple has been arrested on suspicion of being involved in a business email compromise (BEC) amounting to RM3.9 million involving a victim from a company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

According to Malay Mail, the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director, Datuk Kamarudin Md Din said the suspects, a 41-year-old local woman, and her 43-year-old Nigerian partner were arrested at their home in Semenyih, Selangor.

m’sian woman & foreign boyfriend nabbed for running email scam involving rm3.9 million!Photo via Malay Mail

“The suspect had committed fraud against a UAE citizen in Dubai involving the loss of RM3,907,308.86.

However, police believe that the suspects hacked the victim’s corporate email to look at the business dealings done, especially those involving transactions,” he said in a press conference on Tuesday (June 14th).

Mohd Kamaruddin explained that the suspect sent an email to the victim directing the latter to make a transaction to an account belonging to a company in Malaysia, however, the complainant did not receive any goods following the transaction.

Through a representative in Malaysia, the complainant lodged a report at the Seremban District Police Headquarters last Wednesday (June 8th).

Police have seized a Mercedes Benz S300L, Proton Exora, six mobile phones, two watches, two laptops, 10 rubber stamps, as well as some jewellery, documents, and various other items believed to be related to the scam. 

He said the police had also frozen RM1.8 million from the suspects’ account believed to have been connected to the scam against the victim under Section 44 (1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

He also reminded the public to be more careful when receiving emails from any party claiming to have done business with them! 

Aiyo, so dangerous! 

Scammers are sickeningly good at what they’re doing so be vigilant and be careful when you’re talking to strangers online.

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat