Labuan woman duped RM230K in love scam

LABUAN (Bernama) — A 30-year-old woman who thought she had found true love was duped out of RM230,000 in texting scams.

Despite being aware of online love scams, the offshore operation clerk fell victim and was made poorer after being smitten by the sweet words of her ‘fake future hubby’, whom she had befriended since 2017 via social media platform of WeChat.

Labuan police chief Superintendent Muhamad Farid Ahmad said based on preliminary investigation, the suspect, a 27-year-old man from Kuala Penyu, Sabah claimed he was a pilot and running a business activity and had promised to marry the victim.

“However, he sweet talked the woman that he was facing financial constraints and needed her help,” he said to Bernama.

Not realising something was amiss, the woman decided to help him and made several banking transactions totalling RM230,000 into the suspect’s bank account.

However, not long after receiving all the monies, the suspect disconnected the WeChat conversation and her contact, the woman then realised she was duped.