A 48-year-old woman has become the latest victim of an online romantic scam after being conned out of more than HK$1.4 million by her “Nigerian lover”.
Initial investigations showed the Kwun Tong resident, who is the manager of a local trading company, got to know the scammer through a dating app in March before she was persuaded to transfer money to him, according to a police source.
“She was told he ran a business in Nigeria and had invested in a major development project, but he was in financial difficulty and needed money urgently,” the source said.
“Following his instructions, she transferred US$186,000 in six transactions to a Nigerian bank account.” The woman became suspicious when she lost contact with him in August. Read more