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"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.He said the scammers were highly sophisticated, often grooming victims for months and using convincing techniques such as forging letters purportedly from the U. Another victim, a women in her late 50s in the eastern United States, said she sent her life savings of 0,000 over two months to a Malaysia-based "American" man she met on dating site Match.com, three years after her husband died. S.-based dating sites, it features prominent warnings about scammers, specifically telling users to be wary of people who say they are Americans based abroad. Malaysia has pursued a policy of attracting international students for more than a decade, allowing dozens of foreign colleges to set up Malaysian campuses.
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"We are aware of problems with some international students, especially Nigerians," the official said.
(Additional reporting by Tim Cocks in LAGOS; Editing by Jeremy Laurence) Read the original article on Reuters.
A spokesman for Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said he was not aware of scammers operating in Malaysia, but added they were known to have international networks. Citizens of Australia, Canada and Europe had also been targeted, he said. victims are losing several million dollars a year, with two women in the past 12 months losing more than 0,000 each. victim told Reuters she transferred a total of0,000 to Malaysia, where the man who claimed to love her said he was being prevented from returning to the United States by Malaysian bureaucracy - which required hefty payments to negotiate.
"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. 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.