As we are all familiar with, romance scammers tell all sorts of lies to steal your heart and money.

And most recently, a 74-year-old retired teacher fell for this love scam and lost RM225k to a scammer pretending to be Korean heartthrob, Lee Min-ho.

According to Utusan Malaysia, Machang District Police Chief, Superintendent Mohd. Adli Mat Daud, the victim, had gotten to know the scammer who used the identity of the Korean superstar through Facebook last year.

According to Adli, the two had only been chatting through the ‘messenger’ feature on the Facebook app.

“Last October, the suspect began requesting the victim to transfer money to him, under the excuse that he was going through a ‘court case’. The suspect also informed the victim that he required a large sum of money to be able to end the case.”

Adli informed that the victim who sympathised with the predicament of her favourite K-pop star, transferred a total of RM225,000 to a designated account over a span of two months.

Unfortunately for the 74-year-old, she only realised that she had been scammed after completing the transfers.

“The victim then made a report at the Machang District Police Headquarters.”

The case is now under investigation, with charges potentially falling under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.