A Nigerian national was arrested by the police on suspicion of cheating via a fraudulent business partnership.
Segamat district police chief, Abdul Majid Mohd Ali, said the female victim in her mid-twenties got to know the suspect through a social media website and the suspect, aged 22, duped the victim into partnering with the suspect to start a business.
The facts are as follows: on August 26, 2010, the suspect told the victim that a consignment of goods meant for their business had arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and instructed the victim to bank in 10,000 pounds sterling into the suspect’s bank account.
The victim told the suspect that she did not have the full amount but transferred RM5,500 to the suspect’s account on the same day.
After the suspect received the banked-in amount, the suspect then asked the victim to bank in another RM10,000.
The victim, realising something was amiss, then lodged a police report the next day, and followed by another police report made on June 18, this year.
The police managed to apprehend the suspect in a house located at ninth milestone, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, said Abdul Majid, who was speaking at a press conference in the Segamat district police headquarters here.
He added, the police also confiscated a laptop, four SIM cards and three handphones belonging to the suspect.