Friday, May 20, 2011

Facebook conmen arrested

Police have busted an international syndicate which uses the social network Facebook to cheat women.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime deputy director Datuk Rodwan Mohd Yusof said police detained two Nigerian men and a local woman, aged between 26 and 39, in two separate raids in Seri Kembangan and Cheras on Monday.

“We received a report from a Taiwanese businesswoman claiming she was cheated of RM380,000 after falling in love with one of the syndicate members.

“The suspect posed as a British national under the name John Miller on Facebook and courted the woman for three months through Facebook,” he said.

The suspect claimed that he was from Britain and told the woman that he would send her a gift which contained valuables worth RM950,000 through a forwarding agent in Malaysia.

“The suspect told the woman who had gone back to Taiwan that she had to pay him to release the package which was being restricted by the Customs Department,” he said, adding that she then sent RM380,000 through several Western Union transactions.

He said that once the suspect realised she was duped, she returned to Malaysia and lodged the report.

Rodwan said police seized jewellery worth at least RM100,000, several computers, ATM cards as well US$15,000 (RM45,470) and RM14,260 in cash.

“Police also believe that the suspects had used the money to run a car rental business,” he said, adding that six cars, including a Toyota Rush and a Honda Accord, had been seized from the Seri Kembangan business premises.

He said that police were trying to establish how long the suspects had been operating the business.

Rodwan said the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for fraud.

He said last year, 759 fraud cases were reported with a total of RM20.5mil in losses recorded, while 130 people were charged.

He added that so far this year, 245 cases had been reported with a total of RM9.4mil in losses recorded - The Star