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A GOVERNMENT pensioner has claimed to have lost more than RM4.3 million to a love scam syndicate after making acquaintance with an American man through Facebook last year.
Pahang police chief Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the 66-year-old woman claimed to have been duped by the man, who claimed to be a geologist at an oil and gas company in the United States, into departing with her money between December 2 last year and May 31.
“Various excuses were given by the suspect to dupe the victim, including for him to pay an urgent debt, work permit fee and medical costs as well as the cost of paying the lawyers to settle the issues involving his late father’s estate,” he said in a statement today.
“During the period, the victim made 190 deposits into various bank accounts as instructed by the suspect, causing her to lose RM4,342,500.”
The victim, after realising that she was cheated, lodged a police report yesterday.
In a separate case, Ramli said a man lost RM1.5 million in an investment scam involving a 30ha X-fruit plantation project allegedly to produce fuel for aircraft.
He said the 38-year-old said he was promised a threefold return on investment within the next three years.
“The victim agreed and managed to find an investor from Cambodia with an investment of US$500,000, which was deposited into his account before he transferred it to the suspect’s bank account in three transactions totalling RM1.5 million in 2015,” he said.
Ramli said the victim realised that he was duped after failing to contact the suspect to get updates from the investment over the past three years.
Both cases are being investigated under section 420 of the penal code. – Bernama, June 17, 2022.