Online ‘romance’ leaves shop assistant RM10,800 poorer

Scam alert. — file pic // Photo: Pixabay

SIBU, Feb 6: Taken in by the sweet promises of a so-called doctor she met through social media, a shop assistant lost RM10,800 in a parcel scam.

The victim met the suspect who identified himself as Ahmad Lee Stan from London in early November last year through Instagram, Sibu district police chief, ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit revealed.

After a few weeks, the suspect informed the victim he would be sending her items such as money, handphone, handbag, and a wristwatch.

She then received text messages from someone purportedly from KLIA Immigration Department who told her that there was a parcel for her which contained money. She was persuaded to transfer RM800 to an account number provided.

However, up until in January this year, the so-called immigration officer was still trying to convince her to make another payment of RM20,000, this time giving the reason there was jewellery contained in the parcel.

On January 24 and 29, she transferred a total of RM10,000, but the requests for more money persisted, revealed Stanley. Some of the money she sent came from her family.

Realising something was not right, the woman finally made a police report on Feb 5.

Police are investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating. — DayakDaily