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Nurse loses RM51,300 after falling for ‘Facebook romance’ love scam


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MIRI (Nov 7): A nurse here has lost RM51,300 of her savings in yet another love scam recently.

District police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah said the victim befriended a user named ‘Slavens Ahmed Marvin’ on Facebook in November last year.

He said that after few months of friendship, the man told the victim that he would be coming to Malaysia to marry her.

“The suspect informed her that he had been detained by the Customs Department upon his arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport for bringing a large sum of money totalling USD500,000.

“Subsequently, the victim was contacted by a woman named ‘Suraya’ claiming to be an officer from Customs and had asked her to make payment in order to release the suspect,” he said in a statement today.

The victim heeded the woman’s instructions and transferred RM51,300 in several transactions to a bank account, he said.

“She was told that from the amount, RM4,500 was for an ‘Over Limit Compound’, RM11,000 for an ‘International Money Fund’, RM31,800 for ‘Money Laundering Declaration’ and RM4,000 for summons payment,” he said.

The victim, who was later told to make additional payment, felt cheated and lodged a police report yesterday.

Police are investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.