Lonely women fall vic­tim to ‘love scam’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Women with mar­i­tal prob­lems and mid­dleage sin­gle moth­ers have a greater ten­dency to fall vic­tims to “love scam” syn­di­cates, which are mas­ter­minded by for­eign men.

This was re­vealed by Bukit Aman Com­mer­cial Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment cy­ber and mul­ti­me­dia crim­i­nal di­vi­sion in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer ASP Mohd Syafiq Jin­uin Ab­dul­lah.

He said since 2013 un­til Au­gust this year, 5,456 cases of on­line love scams had been recorded, in­volv­ing losses of more than RM215 mil­lion.

Most of the women who were eas­ily de­ceived were aged be­tween 31 and 40, he said.

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 vic­tim to 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, such as Face­book,” he told Ber­nama re­cently.

He said based on the vic­tims’ pro­file, syn­di­cate mem­bers chose their vic­tims at ran­dom.

Women who had fallen vic­tim to the syn­di­cates in­cluded pro­fes­sion­als such as doc­tors, lawyers, teach­ers, lec­tur­ers, bank of­fi­cers and busi­ness­women.

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

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