Today the Star reported that at least 200 people in the city have been conned of nearly RM10mil since early last year by Africans who entered the country on student visas.
The newspaper said that these "students" are actually conmen enrolled in local colleges under fake scholarships.
You can usually spot these Africans cruising in flashy cars and frequenting nightspots in the city.
These conmen Africans who have allegedly made their money in shady activities abroad decided to “settle down” in Malaysia keeping their money in local banks.
Once in Malaysia they continue with their illegal activities by targeting mostly single successful women who are either divorced or widowed. The victim include The victims include doctors and university lecturers, the newspaper reported.
In some cases, says the police, the victims met the conmen through social networking websites. These conmen would usually post pictures of other people, sometimes of famous models, just to get closer to the victims.
The police said that scams by Africans is the highest in the list of commercial crime cases in the city.
The police expressed concerned that despite numerous warnings, Malaysians continue to be duped by these African conmen.
According to various news reports, many of the victims would freely give up their money after being swept off their feet by Africans who seduced them with sweet talk and promises.
For instance, a few months ago, a local Malay tabloid reported that a grandmother was wanting to divorce her crippled husband to be with her Nigerian lover despite being cheated of RM600,000 of her EPF savings.
The 58-year-old executive, known only as Sofea, told the tabloid that she loved the Nigerian so much although she knows of his shady activities.
Sofia said, “When he was in Malaysia, I knew that he saw other local women but I just couldn’t leave him despite he being accused of stealing from them."
Sofia told the daily that when she first knew the Nigerian, he would often cook her dishes from his country.
“Since then, I was crazy for him even though he was not handsome. I gave him whatever he wanted, even paying the rental for his condominium,” she said.
However, Sofea, now believes that the Nigerian had used "black magic" to put her under a charm, and she is currently seeking treatment to remedy this.
Another story by an local online newsportal involves a 44 year old divorcee Azie who works as a bank officer who was cheated her of all her money by an African.
She met the African who was 10 years younger at shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur last year and they became lovers.
The African claimed to be a student. borrowed RM3,000 from Azie only after a month knowing her. Since then, he kept asking for money and claimed that it was rental, tuition fees etc. After borrowing a total of RM80,000 from her, the African disappeared.
A few days ago there was also a news report of a mother who suspected that her missing daughter had become a drug mule for an African crime syndicate. The mother said that her daughter was frequently on Facebook and had befriended a group of African men recently.
Read more on how desperate women get conned.
What makes local women fall for the obviously dubious character of these African "students" ?
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