Lonely women fall victim to ‘love scam’
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.