Ipoh company director loses RM5.29m to romance scam

Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim said the 64-year-old victim filed a police report in the capital today. — Photo by Ahmad Zamzahuri

Thursday, July 28, 2022 11:45 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 – A female business manager in Ipoh, Perak, has lost RM5.29 million after being tricked by a man, who claimed to be an American, whom she met on a dating site in line.

Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim said the 64-year-old victim filed a police report in the capital today.

“The suspect posed as a paramedic at the California hospital and deceived the victim by stating that he (the man) had received a large contract for the supply of medical equipment worth 22 million US dollars (RM98 million) and needed initial capital, and promised to marry the victim,” he said in a statement today.

Believing the promise, Azmi said the victim made 120 money transfer transactions to 14 bank accounts given by the suspect in stages between January and June 2022, totaling RM5.29 million.

“The victim used all his savings and took out a loan from an approved lender. Preliminary verification revealed that the bank accounts involved (the man’s accounts) also contained records of several instances of fraud using a similar modus operandi,” he said.

Azmi said the case was being investigated under Article 420 of the Penal Code for cheating. — Bernama