She lost RM150,000 in dubious investment schemes proposed by the syndicate.KUALA LUMPUR: A police officer’s wife fell prey to a Nigerian syndicate’s scam when greed got the better of her, resulting in her losing RM150,000 in dubious investment schemes.
It all started innocently enough. The woman in her mid thirties told police that she used the Internet to chat with a Nigerian man in the wee hours of the morning and the man convinced her that she will get good returns for her investments.
She creadited the money in six accounts over more than three months since last March. The cat was out of the bag when the police officer confronted his wife after she persistently demanded money from him to “invest” in her investment scheme.
A Bukit Aman commercial officer told FMT that in her police report the woman had confessed that she had approached her husband for more money after exhausting all her savings and jewellery.
Acting on her report, the police arrested three Nigerians and two local women in Nilai late on Monday, before picking another woman, also a local in Ampang on Tuesday. Police recovered several computers, ATM cards and bank books from the suspects.
It is learnt that the Nigerians had used the local women to bank the money and have email accounts to carry out their illegal activities.
The women in return received some cash as their cut, stay at luxury hotels and enjoyed fully paid overseas trips.
Initial investigation revealed that at least four others have been duped by this syndicate.
The suspects in their late 20′s and 30′s are being detained at the Gombak district police station for further investigation.