KUANTAN: A single mother has fallen victim to a Love Scam syndicate and suffered losses of over RM170,400 after meeting an individual through social media.
Pahang Police chief Datuk Seri Yahaya Othman said the 40-year-old civil servant met a man known as Fahad Ramzan on Instagram last month.
He said the two then got in touch through the WhatsApp application and the man promised to marry the woman.
“A few weeks later, the man borrowed RM1,500 from her on the pretext of paying his hospital bill and promised to repay her.
“However, the man continued to ask her to lend him money by cooking up various excuses and the woman made nine cash transactions totalling over RM170,400,“ he said in a statement today.
Yahaya said the woman, upon realising she had been cheated, lodged a police report at the Bentong District Police Headquarters yesterday and the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
He also advised the public not to entertain unknown individuals and easily trust acquaintances via social media. - Bernama