Romance scam: 3 Nigerians, 1 woman nabbed


KUALA LUMPUR: Three Nigerian men and a local woman were arrested early yesterday in Kajang on suspicion of involvement in “Nigerian Romance Scam” activities which have resulted in losses of about RM400,000.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said all the suspects, aged 28 to 32, were arrested in two raids at about 4am.

“The arrest of a local woman and a Nigerian man at a house in Taman Orkid, near here, led to the arrest of two more Nigerian men in an apartment in Kajang about 6am,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

Acryl Sani said the woman was believed to be impersonating a Customs officer or forwarding agent while the male suspect acted as the mastermind by using a false Facebook account to lure victims. He also managed the victims’ cash deposits in a bank account.

He said also seized in the raids were cash amounting to RM10,000, 12 mobile phones, five ATM cards, three laptops, jewellery and a Perodua Myvi vehicle.

With the arrest, he said police had solved 24 cases in connection to fraudulent activities in several states, including in Malacca, Perak, Selangor and the federal capital.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years and with whipping or fine, upon conviction, he said.