Pastry chef loses RM4,500 in love scam

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SIBU, April 5: A pastry chef who thought she has met the man of her dreams in her social media ended up RM4,500 poorer.

Sibu district police chief, ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit, said on March 18, the 22-year-old woman got acquainted with a man named “Raymond Wai Hong” on Facebook.

“Raymond told her that he is a dentist in the United States. Soon after, the complainant fell in love with him. Raymond related to her that he wanted to come to Malaysia and marry her,” he said when contacted.

According to the Stanley, the suspect promised the victim that as an appreciation for her love, he would send her gifts, which included a handphone, jewellery and US$20,000.

The Sibu OCPD added that on April 3, while the complainant was at home, she received a WhatsApp message telling her that the gifts have arrived. However she was asked to pay RM4,500 as the items were detained at the Kuala Lumpur Custom Department.

“At about 11.35am on the same day, she transferred RM2,500 to an account provided by the suspect. After that, she called to ask when the items could be released to her.

“She was told to make another payment of RM2,000 before the items can be sent to her,” he continued.

It was then that she realised that she has been cheated, he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

In another case, a businessman lost RM10,900 in a loan scam. Stanley said on March 4, the 38-year-old complainant saw a company offering quick loan deals on Facebook.

“As he wanted to borrow RM15,000 as capital for his bird’s nest processing business, he sent a message to the so-called company’s Facebook account,” he added.

On March 24, he received a text message telling him that his loan application has been approved. However he needed to pay RM10,900 as a processing fee.

The complainant transferred the money to four different account numbers between March 30 and April 2.

The suspect wanted him to pay another RM900. He refused to pay upon realising that he was conned, Stanley said. — DayakDaily