Single mum loses RM62,000 in cyber love scam


BATU GAJAH: A kindergarten teacher lost RM62,000 to a man whom she met on the Web and who professed his love to her on the Internet.

Perak Commercial Criminal Investigation Department head Lee Ewe Kiang said the teacher, who is a 36-year-old single mother, befriended the man through a social website last year.

“They had never met and only chatted on the social website, but their friendship grew until the man professed his love to her and then sought her sympathy for financial assistance.

“Within six months of knowing the man, the woman was deceived into depositing a total of RM62,000 into a third party account as requested by the man,” he told a media conference here today.

He said the woman, who is from Slim River, lodged a police report after realising she had been duped.

Following investigations, Lee said police detained a 44-year-old woman at a supermarket in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, on March 3.

The woman was believed to be the bearer of the bank account into which the kindergarten teacher was asked to deposit the money into, he added.

Following her arrest, he said, police raided Pangsapuri Flora Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, and arrested six Nigerian men, including a private college student, aged between 24 and 37.

All of them had entered the country using student visas, he added.