JOHOR BARU: They choose their victims via Internet social networking sites and pretend to be cyber casanovas who start showering their victims with virtual gifts such as flowers, jewellery, plants, pets and even cars.
They then exchange photographs and virtual love letters for some time before the casanovas, usually claiming to be rich hunks from Britain and the Middle East, tell their victims they want to get them a real gift as a way of expressing their commitment.
They promise to send cash of between £1,000 (RM5,200) and £2mil (RM10.4mil) for the women to go on a shopping spree.
The only catch is that the women would have to bank in a substantial amount of money, supposedly into the account of a local forwarding company, as processing fee for the parcel containing the cash to be sent to Malaysia.
The forwarding company may even ask for a few payments, citing all sorts of difficulties in getting the package through.
When the woman begins to feel suspicious and questions her “boyfriend,” the e-mail stops.
Police say many women around the country, some holding respectable jobs like doctors and managers, have been victims of such scams. Thousands of ringgit is believed to have been lost.
One example is a case in Johor where a human resource manager in her 30s lost more than RM30,000.
She befriended a person, claiming to be from Britain, via a social networking site about a month ago.
They exchanged messages regularly and the man told her he wanted to send her £50,000 (RM261,000) for her to go on a shopping spree.
The next day, the woman got a call from a person, claiming to be from a forwarding company, saying she needed to bank in RM4,000 for the parcel to be delivered.
They continued to ask her for money – totalling RM30,000 – over a few days, giving various excuses including exchange rate and other expenses.
The woman suspected something amiss and when she questioned her boyfriend, he did not reply her e-mail.
She then lodged a police report.
Bukit Aman commercial crime investigations director Comm Datuk Koh Hong Sun confirmed there were many cases of cheating not just via the Internet but also through SMSes.
He advised people, especially women, to be careful when asked to transfer money to those they meet online.
“We are checking to see whether local syndicates are working with overseas ones,” he said.--Nelson Benjamin Staronline.
This is funny.
I don't really know whether is it true that these virtual casanovas really got their way to con Malaysian women with "respectable job" such as doctors and managers via internet social networking sites.
If so, i must say that these women are a totally desperados.
How on earth would any level minded person got con via the internet?
With all the on going stories of black monies and such. And i remember there was even a case also initiated via the internet was heard in the high court sometime last last year or so.
And, please, any women who is reading this, just stop having the ideas that any Mat Salleh (white people) or Arabs are millionaires or rich. Not most of them that you see on the street or internet.
They are not really.
Even if they are, they wont be checking you women out via the internet.
They can afford to travel or have their dreamed women sent to them for a weekend round...duhhh....
Perhaps Malaysia women are of the desperados type and gullible.
Perhaps the common Malaysian man cannot provide the luxury they desires.
Perhaps, they thought being held by a Mat Salleh or Arabs man would be the most wonderous thing a woman would ever experience and it all shadowed their judgement.
The Mat Salleh that come to your country to work; most of them are arse who cannot find better job in their own country and knows that the Asian people would kiss their ass for all the mediocre ideas they sell and the women would give themselves freely to them with just one drink.
The one on the internet; they are worst!
The Arabs? Until now I have never heard any good comments about them. Even got one in the family.Fin.
And how on earth can any working-brained women would fall for that trick; sending money as "real gift as a way of expressing their commitment"?. And people, it is not small amount here. It is like between £1,000 (RM5,200) and £2mil (RM10.4mil) for the women to go on a shopping spree. Huh?
Would your boyfriend or even husband (lest he is Sultan of Brunei family members) "donated" to you that kind of amount for shopping?
Get real women.
Guess, there's nothing to be surprise about this kind of stories anyway.
It's the same thing that those Malaysian women, claimed to fall prey when they were caught carrying "i-do- not- know" thing for their overseas trip; alone, whom were caught at the other end's immigration and found carrying dope.Personally, i do not pity these girls at all; i remember one is still in a prison in Malta, and one more in Japan or China. There was more than twelve similar cases so far; if my memory still serves me well.
Honestly, i think they know what they're up too....
They thought they wont be caught as a first timer.
Even if they honestly don't know, don't they have any hunch at all?
One lucrative work offers that is too good to be true? One that even with similar position back home could not offer as much? And the best part of it was they are a willing victim when without suspicion they agree to be use by their lovey boyfriend to do things that will have them ended up in bars; and lovey bf, free as he can be...searching another target.
I just can't get it....It is always the money....the one thing that will blind even the most righteous person.