MIRI - Interacting with Facebook "friends" proved to be a very costly affair for a woman here after she was conned of more than RM348,000($137,000) by two such online buddies.
The victim, a middle-aged administrative clerk, said in her police report here yesterday that she got acquainted with a man via Facebook in January.
The man, who calls himself David, then told her that he had inherited €120,000 (RM 506,540) in Britain from his late father.
The victim said David then said he wanted to send all the money to her via post but needs her help to arrange for the transaction to be carried out.
In July, a woman named Sharon called the victim, telling her that the parcel from David had already arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport but the parcel would only be released after the payment of duties and other fees.
Sharon then asked the victim to deposit RM6,450 as postal fees into a bank account to facilitate the release of the parcel, which she duly complied with. The victim claimed that Sharon subsequently asked her to bank in more money to pay for "legal" fees.
The victim added that on July 18, David informed her that he had already arrived in Kuala Lumpur and that he needed her to make more payments for "tax" so he could take all the money for her.
The victim claimed she made a total of 13 bank transactions to the tricksters.