Love scams target women with marital issues, single mums

KUALA LUMPUR: Women with marital problems and middle-aged single mothers have a greater tendency to fall victims to “Love Scam” syndicates master-minded by foreign men.

This was revealed by Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department’s Cyber and Multimedia Criminal Division investigating officer ASP Mohd Syafiq Jinuin Abdullah.

He said most of the women who were easily deceived by such syndicates were between the ages of 31 and 40.

Loneliness and an unhappy marriage were among factors that lured these women to the syndicates, he said, adding that women who had no time to socialise or find their own life partner could also fall for these syndicates.

“They (syndicate members) have their own script to sweet talk or entice these women into falling in love with them before deceiving them through social websites like Facebook,” he told Bernama recently.

Mohd Syafiq Jinuin said based on victims’ profiles, syndicate members chose their victims at random.

He said women who had fallen victims to the syndicates included professionals like doctors, lawyers, teachers, lecturers, bank officers and businesswomen.

From 2013 to August this year, he said 5,456 cases of online love scams had been recorded, involving losses of more than RM215 million.

He advised the public not to divulge their personal and bank information to persons they befriended on the Internet or send money to people they did not know.