KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Hundreds of American women are being ensnared by Internet scammers based in Malaysia, with some losing over a quarter of a million dollars, as the country becomes an epicenter for online crime perpetrated by Africans, U. The scams are more sophisticated than most Nigeria-based operations - which most Internet users have experienced at some time either via email or advertising - helped by Malaysia's advanced banking system, which allows perpetrators to quickly set up accounts and receive international transfers. The Malaysian police and the Nigerian embassy in Kuala Lumpur did not respond to Reuters' request for comment. embassy in Kuala Lumpur, told Reuters that complaints about such scams now made up more than 80 percent of inquiries to duty officers at the mission, with a dozen new cases reported every week. The mostly Nigerian conmen, who enter Malaysia on student visas, take advantage of the country's good Internet infrastructure to prey on lonely, middle-aged women, wooing them on dating websites before swindling their savings, they said. officials say Malaysian police lack the resources and expertise to tackle the problem and have yet to launch a single prosecution of a case involving a U. A total of 476 Africans had been apprehended for suspected involvement, the report said. They do all kind of things there: engineers working in oil industry, contractors building bridges and roads, businessmen buying and selling antiques, nurses, models, taking care of a sick parent, etc.. The UK phone numbers starting with 4470 are ALWAYS a redirect. It has been described on millions of sites, millions of times. you discover they are “presently” in Africa, but will be back home in few weeks. They use phone numbers with the US area-codes, but in reality it is a redirect to Africa.Only the embassy of the country where a tourist is heading can ask for the proof of his/her solvency, i.e.
Yes, “women” can have different explanations why they registered from another country, but mostly those are excuses.
"These are not rich widows who are being preyed on, these are middle-class Americans who don't have this kind of money to spare," he said. There are more than 600 cases a year, and the amount lost by each victim averages in the tens of thousands of dollars, it said. They pretend to be a Western man who then gets into legal or business difficulties in Muslim-majority Malaysia. The 59-year-old widow from Phoenix, Arizona, who declined to be identified, said she had gone heavily into debt to make the payments to "Charles", and even flew to Malaysia in March to meet him.
"It can really transform their lives in a very terrible way." The U. The actual figure of total losses is probably far higher, Scherer said, because many victims are too embarrassed to come forward or do not know who to contact. FAKE ROMANCE Large teams of scammers typically trawl dating or Christian websites and contact middle-aged women, the U. He never showed up, but a European woman claiming to be his lawyer managed to bilk another ,000 out of the woman before she returned to Arizona.
So, here is one more axiom, something you have to make a sticky note of and put on your refrigerator. What happens to all these people in Nigeria and Ghana? This is how things go: 1) they contact you, claiming to be from the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Western Europe 2) their English sucks, though they claim to be the native English speakers and they say “am” instead of “I am” 3) they give you their email or Yahoo ID in the first 1-2 messages and want to get off-site and chat on messenger 4) they are widowers, their wives died in the horrible car or plane crashes, they raise “a kid” alone, or (if they are females) they are recovering from a bad relationship with a cheating ex. Whatever you are involved in with Nigeria or Ghana, is always scam and fraud.
There is NO treasures and gold, just you, your wallet and a scammer.