581 romance, parcel scam victims lose RM23.6m in Q1


KUALA LUMPUR: Romance scams or parcel fraud snared close to 200 victims every month in the first quarter of the year, with losses totalling RM23.6 million.

Despite the wide publicity on such internet scams over the past few years, 581 such cases were recorded between January and March, said Bukit Aman Commercial CID Department director Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

He said syndicates continued to use a similar modus operandi when baiting victims via social sites before persuading them to part with money to redeem a gift from the Customs Department.

He said the police had raided several locations in Jalan Klang Lama, Cyberjaya and Damansara to shut down a parcel fraud syndicate following a tip-off.

Acryl Sani added that in the raid, four Nigerian men and a local woman, aged between 28 and 40, and believed to be members of a syndicate, were picked up.

“We also seized four cars of various makes, 13 mobile phones, six laptops, four bank account books and six ATM (automated teller machine) cards,” he said in a statement here today.

Acryl Sani said the police believed the five suspects were involved in 43 cases of “romance scam” involving losses amounting to RM950,000.