KUALA LUMPUR - Three Malaysian women colluded with their Nigerian lovers in a parcel scam syndicate to cheat women.
They were among five people, aged between 20 and 37, arrested when police raided an apartment in Kajang on Wednesday.
The women were in relationships with the men, Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman said.
"A number of ATM cards, handphones and laptops were seized as well," he told a press conference yesterday.
ACP Mohd Sukri said the syndicate, which operated nationwide, focused on single women, single mothers and professionals including doctors and lawyers.
"This syndicate is crafty. The men would use Malaysian bank accounts of their lovers as the receiving account for their scam," he said.
As for the victims, he said: "They were influenced by the scammers' sweet words. They were willing to sacrifice just for love."
So far, 18 cases have been linked to this syndicate but police believe that there are more.
ACP Mohd Sukri said Dang Wangi police investigated 35 cases of this nature last year.
He said there were four cases this year.
Losses from these cases from last year till now were estimated at RM5.9 million (S$1.87 million).