A female teacher recently lost over RM63,000 to a love scam syndicate after being tricked by a man she met on Instagram in April.
According to BERNAMA, Kedah Police Contingent Headquarters Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Elias Omar said the 43-year-old victim, who lives in Sik, met the suspect, named “Mohammed Zamzuree” and apparently lives in the United Kingdom.
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“The victim, who is divorced, got to know the suspect through social media before she started chatting with him through the WhatsApp application in April. After getting to know each other, the suspect told her that he had sent her a few items namely a handbag, a pair of shoes, a watch, a set of jewellery and a mobile phone,” he said in the statement.
He continued saying that the victim was then contacted by an individual claiming to be a Customs officer from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), asking her to pay the taxes and fines for the item because it can be released to her.
It is believed that the victim had made seven different online transfers totalling RM63,440 from her savings to a bank account given by the suspect.
Upon realising that she had been cheated, she decided to lodge a police report in Kuala Nerang on Monday (May 31st).
The case is now being investigated under Section 410 of the Penal Code.
Elias also advised the public to not be easily deceived by or believe the persuasions of unknown individuals to avoid becoming victims of scams.
Be careful when you’re talking to people online! Scammers are very good at what they do, and they can be very good at convincing you that they are who they say they are.
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