SIBU: Two women here have suffered losses of more than RM25,000 after falling victim to separate love scams.
Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said in the first case, a 38-year-old clerk was cheated of RM15,000 by a man she got to know on social media.
“The victim met a man who identified himself as Lukiet, a consultant specialist in drilling equipment from Kuching, on social media on May 22,” he told the media on Friday (June 25).
After many messages were exchanged, the suspect promised that he would fly to Sibu to marry her, he added.
“Before that, he asked her to send RM15,000 so he could buy a drilling machine.
“He said his bank account had been frozen and he could not withdraw the money he needed,” ACP Stanley said.
The victim made two bank transfers totalling RM15,000 to him on Wednesday (June 23).
She realised that she had been conned when he asked for a further RM35,000, and lodged a report.
The second case involved a 40-year old woman who met “Dr Zhang from China” on a chat app on May 3.
“After a month, the suspect told the victim that he would be sending a gift worth RM80,000 as a sign of his love for her,” ACP Stanley said.
On June 11, at the request of the suspect, the victim transferred RM6,000 for his son to pay his university tuition fees.
On June 18 and 23, the victim transferred a total of RM4,236 to an account number provided as she was told that the gift had been detained at a port in China and she would have to pay for its release.
ACP Stanley said when the parcel did not arrive on Thursday (June 24) as promised, she realised that she had been cheated.
Both cases are being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.