Labuan woman cheated out of RM230,000 in WeChat love scam

Photo: Paul Hanaoka/Unsplash
Photo: Paul Hanaoka/Unsplash

A Labuan woman is RM230,000 (over US$55,000) poorer after falling for a man she met online who scammed her out of her savings via text messages.

Originally meeting on the Chinese social media app WeChat in 2017, the suspect told the 30-year-old offshore operations clerk that he was a pilot with Air Asia, before romancing her with a series of texts. (Police have since said that the suspect was actually a 27-year-old man from Kuala Penyu, Sabah who is not, as it turns out, a pilot.)

Claiming that he had other business endeavors, the man said that he was experiencing some difficulties in his other activities and needed financial assistance. Believing his claims to be true, and his intent pure of heart, the victim then made several bank transfers into the man’s account, eventually totaling RM230,000.

However, once the money was received, the man deleted his WeChat account and the woman could no longer contact him. It was around this time that the woman realized she was the victim of a love scam, and went to a nearby police station to lodge a report over the weekend.

The suspect has since been found and was arrested on Sunday over the cheating allegations. He is expected to be charged later this week.

Humans of the internet, please — PLEASE — stop giving money to people you meet online. Just don’t. We don’t know what they’ve told you, but it ain’t it. Save that paper, and go buy yourself a car/house/ice cream.

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