A total of Africans had been apprehended for suspected involvement, the report said. Tim Scherer, consul general at the U. The U. There are more than cases a year, and the amount lost by each victim averages in the tens of thousands of dollars, it said. The actual figure of total losses is probably far higher, Scherer said, because many victims are too embarrassed to come forward or do not know who to contact.
Smitten by words, at least three Malaysian are cheated every day by cyber lovers. From January to September this year alone, police said a total of women and men have lost more than RM25mil to the love scam syndicates, mostly controlled by African nationals. MANY people these days are turning to online dating websites and apps to find people with similar interests for companionship or possibly marriage. However, with the rise in cases of online dating and romance scams, one wonders how reliable these sites and apps are. The Internet provides anonymity and, to a certain extent, invincibility so we really do not know the person behind the account. Having communicated with three of these scammers myself, I know they are smart people. Once the victims are hooked, the scammers will ask them either subtly or directly for money or gifts.
He looked handsome in his photos, spoke nicely. It wasn't long before she fell for him but then her worst fear came true. This is a two-part series, detailing the experience of a woman in KL who was the victim of an online romance scam.
Be sure everything is as it seems. They use any means to contact victims—telephone, snail mail, email, and the Internet. They gain your trust and when they have you hooked, they ask you for money; then they take it and run. The scenarios they use to lure you in change, constantly. But you can protect yourself and your friends and family by arming yourself with knowledge of the most common types of fraud.