1,750 Malaysians lose $26.8m web of deceit

MALAYSIA - As many as 1,750 Malaysians have fallen prey to Internet "love scams" since Jan 2013 and have been cheated of RM68.3 million (S$26.8 million), reported Harian Metro.

Most victims were women, said Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Mortadza Nazarene (pic).

Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Seri Mortadza Nazarene.

"(In 2013) 750 of the victims were women while 345 of them were men," he told reporters at Bukit Aman.

Mortadza advised women, especially single mothers and lonely aged females, to not be fooled by new friends on social media.

He also asked them not to give cash or items to those whom they've never met.

He added that many of those found cheating victims had similar modus operandi, that is claiming that they were businessmen from the United Kingdom or the United States.

Mortadza also urged locals to not hand their bank accounts or ATM cards to others for fear of them becoming bank account mules.