by BERNAMA / graphic by MZUKRI MOHAMAD
SEREMBAN – A rubber tapper in Kampung Baru Cina Air Hitam, Jempol near here lost RM99,000 after being duped in a love scam via social media.
Jempol district police chief Supt Hoo Chang Hook said the 58-year-old man, a private sector retiree and now working as a rubber tapper, claimed to have met a Singaporean woman through Facebook and the woman had claimed to be living in Australia.
Hoo said the complainant said he had lost his savings in the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) after trusting the woman who had financial problems and needed to resolve some business dealings.
“They had been in a virtual relationship since early February, communicating solely through the WhatsApp application and never making any phone or video calls throughout this period.
“Throughout the relationship, the woman told him about the crude oil business that she was doing overseas and had asked the man to loan her money to complete…