Pinoys told: Beware of internet love scams

Posted at 07/12/14 11:01 AM

MANILA – Don't fall for sweet words from persons you've only met via social networking sites, the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said.

"The embassy reminds Filipino nationals and our Malaysian friends to exercise caution in dealing with people online, particularly those they have not met personally and who ask for money on the pretext of love," the embassy said.

The embassy said the victims were scammed by supposed lovers they met through chatrooms and Facebook messaging.

A Hong Kong-based Pinay told the embassy that she met an alleged Malaysian-based Briton on a social website and he became her fiancé after two months.

"With their series of conversations on the internet and with promising words of this alleged Briton, the Filipina sent huge sums of money to him. The Briton was not heard from since," the embassy said.

Two Filipinas were also victimized by an alleged Malaysian-based Translink Express Courier. The courier asked them to claim parcels from their supposed lovers which were held up at the Customs office.

"They sent several amounts via Western Union, but were not able to get anything," said the embassy.

A male Malaysian national also fell for a similar scam. He met a Filipina, with account names Yukico Taro and Kico Taro, on Facebook and Skype.

The Malaysian and the very attractive Pinay did intimate acts thru webcam, the embassy said.

"Unknown to the man, the woman or the syndicate behind her recorded his indecent acts. The video is being used against the Malaysian national, with the threat that said video will be uploaded to YouTube if he will not send her money," said the embassy.

The embassy has forwarded the information to the Philippine National Police and the Royal Malaysian Police for their information and further action.