MIRI: A local man from Desa Indah 2 Bandar Baru Permyjaya was excited when receiving a message that cash amounting to US$2,000,000 would be sent to him.
It was from his social media acquaintance. However, it later turned into a nightmare when he incurred losses of more than RM64,000 in the process.
According to Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah, the 51 year-old unemployed victim’s ordeal started after he befriended the male suspect on the social media, believed to have been using a fake name known as “Abdul Mateen” last year ( 2019) in June.
“The victim was instructed to make several payments for legal fee including for Customs release and bank account activation totalling RM64,496.37 from March 9 to July 7 this year,” said Lim.
He said that the victim was offered to receive the non-existing cash by the suspect who lured him earlier via the social media.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.