BEWARE of whom you befriend on Facebook. Two Malaysians recently lost over RM400,000 after falling victim to Facebook scams.
According to a Bernama report, a 39-year-old man in Labuan has claimed that he was conned of more than RM300,000 by foreigners he befriended on Facebook.
He reported the incident to the police on November 11, claiming it was a bank currency transfer transaction that led him to believe the deal was genuine.
Labuan police chief Supt Adzhar Othman said based on preliminary investigations, the victim had contacted an American, who claimed on Facebook to have made a currency transfer of US$2 million via the United Nations to Kuala Lumpur.
He said during their “Facebook conversation”, the victim was asked to meet up with an agent, a Briton in his 30s in a hotel in Kuala Lumpur in August.
“To make the modus operandi work, the victim was asked to meet another Briton who later showed him a bag containing currency totalling US$2 million. Without smelling anything amiss, the victim agreed with the deal,” he said.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
In a separate case, a 40-year-old woman reportedly lost RM107,350 of her savings to a man whom she believed was going to marry her.
The victim, a civil servant, had befriended the man named ‘Aakil Muhsi’ or ‘Azim’, through Facebook.
Following a report she lodged, police detained 14 Nigerian men aged between in their 20s and 30s, and a local woman in two raids at Klang Valley in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Cheras district police chief ACP Chong Kok Sin told a media conference yesterday that the suspect persuaded the victim to bank money into his account after promising to marry her.
He said the man requested more money from the woman last August, purportedly for securing the release of his USD1 million which the Immigration department in Kota Kinabalu had
The vicitm then banked in RM107,350 in stages, into eight accounts, said Chong.
He said police seized seven automated teller machine (ATM) cards, nine laptops and 26 mobile phones during the raids.