Nigerian men, Malaysian woman nabbed after raking in almost RM1 mil from romance scams

HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN


KUALA LUMPUR: Four Nigerian men and a Malaysian woman were arrested after being suspected of raking in almost RM1 million via ‘romance scams’.

The six, said to be part of a syndicate, were arrested in a series of raids in the Klang Valley yesterday.

Federal police Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the raids were conducted at Jalan Klang Lama, Cyberjaya and Damansara.

“During the raid, the team arrested five syndicate members comprising four Nigerian men and a Malaysian woman aged between 28 and 40,” he said.

With the arrest, Acryl said police believe they have solved 43 parcel scam cases involving total losses of RM950,000.

Police also seized four cars, 13 mobile phones, six laptops, four account books, and six ATM cards.

Acryl said that between January and March, the department investigated a total of 581 cases of parcel or romance scams with total losses of RM23.6 million.

Investigations revealed the syndicate used the internet, especially social media, to scout for victims and con them.

He advised members of the public to always be cautious and not to fall victims to such scams.

“When dealing or contacting anyone from social media or the internet, make sure that the individual exists before proceeding with making any form of payment.

“Avoid dealing with individuals that you have never met,” he said.

He urged members of the public to get in touch with the police if they have any doubts when encountering such cases.