Tuesday, November 12

Teacher loses RM400,000 to love scam – twice!

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SIBU: A 47-year-old teacher lost nearly RM400,000 after she was scammed by two men who claimed they loved her.

Sibu police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said that the woman first befriended a man named Roy Lim Cheng in November last year whom she met via Facebook.

The suspect claimed to be from Los Angeles and worked as a mechanic in the oil and gas industry there.

“They exchanged messages and on Dec 18 the suspect told the victim that he had sent her a watch, a handbag, a laptop, diamonds, gold and cash amounting to RM70,000 as gifts.

“On Dec 22, she was contacted by a woman named Ija claiming to be from the Oversea Service Kuala Lumpur using a mobile number informing her that a parcel under her name had arrived at a courier company,” he said.

Stanley said that the victim was told to pay RM14,700 in order to claim the parcel which she obeyed and transferred the amount to an account number under someone else’ name.

According to him, the victim was also told to make extra payment totaling RM283,850 in four transactions on Dec 24, 25 and 26 to four bank accounts,.

“At the same time in Dec 2018, she befriended another man named Henry through FB.

“Henry also told her he will send her a watch, handbag, laptop, diamond, gold and cash RM40,000 to prove his love to her,” he said.

He said that she then transferred RM93,000 to a bank account.

“She realised she was scammed when the gifts did not arrive as promised,” he said.