A variety of scams hatched by foreign conmen who promise millions in cash, glittering gems and marriage, have cost gullible Malaysians a staggering RM90 million over the past three years.
Repeated warnings by the police, banks and reports highlighted through the media since such scams surfaced over a decade ago appear to have fallen on deaf ears as the number of victims and amount of losses keep rising over the years.
According to statistics compiled by the Federal Commercial Crimes Investigations Department (CCID):
2,481 victims were reportedly cheated through such unsolicited emails, social networking and dating websites since 2010;
60% of the Malaysians scammed were from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor;