Housewife loses RM10,400 in 'African Scam'
Last Update: 12/09/2019
BUTTERWORTH, Sept 12 -- A housewife here lost RM10,400 after being duped by an ‘African scam’ syndicate on Tuesday.
Seberang Perai Utara district police chief ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the victim, in her 40s, got to know a man claiming to be a doctor from Cyprus via Facebook.
Noorzainy said the man who claimed to have been residing in Cyprus since early last month had informed the victim that he would come to the country for business purposes.
“The victim later received a phone call from a woman claiming to be a Customs officer at the KL International Airport (KLIA) informing the victim that her friend had been arrested for carrying USD$40 million in cash,” he told reporters here today.
Noorzainy said the “officer” also asked the victim to post bail amounting to RM30,000 if she wanted to settle the case adding that the victim then made two transactions totalling RM10,400 into a bank account.
“The victim only realised she had been duped after an investigation carried out by the Customs Department revealed that no such case had occurred at KLIA,” he said.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.