He said scammers usually pretended to be men from the UK or America, claiming to be professionals, businessmen, and soldiers among others.
The report said that a lawyer, a teacher and doctors were among the syndicate’s victims. The biggest loser, it said, was a senior executive at a Hong Kong company who was conned out of HK million in nearly 20 transactions over six months.
Once they have gained their victim’s trust, they make up a false reason to ask them for money.
“The three core members found targets through online dating platforms and used emails and instant phone messages to contact victims,” another source told the SCMP.
“The scammer, disguised as an engineer from the UK, befriended her via an online dating platform in January,” one police source told the SCMP.
It had been over two years since the death of her husband of 20 years; four, since she had lost her mother.
Malaysian and Hong Kong police have busted the syndicate, with the arrest of 11 people here and in Hong Kong – four in Malaysia and seven in Hong Kong.
Malaysian police raided a flat and arrested two Nigerian men, a Nigerian woman and an Indian woman on Oct 24.
successful, spiritually minded, intelligent, good sense of humor, enjoys dancing and travelling. In those first weeks, she exchanged messages and a few calls with men, and even met some for coffee or lunch.
But nothing clicked — either they weren't her type or they weren't exactly who they said they were.