JOHOR BAHRU: Police have arrested a Singaporean Casanova who has allegedly cheated women of more than RM500,000 in Johor, Perak and Malacca.
Approaching widows and single mothers on dating sites, the man would promise them lots of love and opportunities to become rich.
He would get them to invest their savings or take out personal loans to make use of the “business opportunities” he offered. He would then disappear.
According to a report in The Star, the 47-year-old suspect’s cheating spree was brought to an end when Kluang police tracked him down and arrested him at a hotel several days ago. His 10-year-old son was also taken in.
The man is believed to have overstayed more than two years in Malaysia.
Kluang police chief Asst Comm Mohamed Laham was quoted as saying that police had received four reports against the man.
The man’s son is now with the Welfare Department. The Singapore consulate is making arrangements to take the boy back to the republic.
In the latest case, the suspect befriended a widow with two children several months ago. After three months, he asked the 43-year-old woman to invest in his business, promising huge returns.
“She was hesitant but he sweet-talked her into investing more than RM120,000. The suspect even promised to marry her,” a source told The Star.
The woman realised something was wrong when she did not get her promised returns and lodged a police report.
ACP Mohamed advised people to be careful with online dating sites and to not easily trust those who promised huge returns on investments.