PH embassy in Kuala Lumpur warns against online ?love? scams

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The Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has warned Filipinos against falling victim to Internet scams ? most of which involve asking for money on the pretext of love.

The embassy has received and acted on complaints from victims who were scammed by supposed lovers they met through Facebook and chat rooms.

The Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Petronas Twin Towers can be seen in the background. Photo credit: www.philembassykl.org.my
The Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Petronas Twin Towers can be seen in the background. Photo credit: www.philembassykl.org.my

A Hong Kong-based Filipina told the embassy that she met an alleged Malaysia-based Briton on a social media website who became her fianc? after two months.

After a series of conversations on the Internet, the Filipina sent huge sums of money to him. The Briton, however, has not been heard from since.

Two Filipinas were also victimized by an alleged Malaysia-based Translink express courier which asked them to claim alleged parcels from their supposed lovers which were held up at the Customs office. They sent several amounts via Western Union, but were unable to get anything.

In another case, a male Malaysian national met purportedly a Filipina, through Facebook and Skype with account names Yukico Taro and Kico Taro.

The woman, who was very attractive, was in constant contact with the Malaysian national through his Facebook account. As time went by, the two did indecent acts through webcam.

The woman or the syndicate behind her ? unknown to the man ? recorded these acts. The video is currently being used against the Malaysian national, with the threat that said video will be uploaded to YouTube if he will not send her money.

The embassy has forwarded the incidents to the Philippine National Police and the Royal Malaysian Police for their information and further action.

The embassy has reminded both Filipinos and Malaysians to exercise caution in dealing with people online, most especially those they have not met personally and ask for money on the pretext of love.

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