She gives $880,000 to man she hasn't met
When she went on an online dating site, she never thought it would cost her more than $800,000 in hard-earned savings.
Last June, Amy (not her real name), who is in her 40s, started responding to a man who had approached her in 2009. The man, whom we shall call Abraham, said that he was from the UK and the pair struck up a relationship.
By July, Abraham said he was going to marry Amy and she talked about relocating to the UK.
On the pretext of helping her apply for a permit to work in the UK, he asked for $17,000. Amy, a secretary, sent it to him via an interbank transfer.
The pair spoke about buying property in Singapore and she asked to meet Abraham in Kuala Lumpur, where he said his late father had "shares".
Abraham did not show up but asked her to meet a representative of a logistics company instead.
The man told her that he needed $5,000 as an "administrative fee", which she paid.
When Amy returned to Singapore, the representative asked for more money so the "shares" could be released. She told Abraham about it. He agreed to split the cost with her.
She went to Malaysia with cash on three more occasions to pay more "administrative fees", paying a total of $630,000. Back home, she made 14 bank transactions totalling $253,000.
By the end of November, she had given $883,109.
In December, when Amy had not heard from Abraham for a while, she called the home number he had given her. A woman claiming to be a housekeeper answered and said Abraham was dead.
The police Public Affairs Department director, Assistant Commissioner of Police Melvin Yong, said most that victims were aware of such scams.
"But because they think they're in a relationship, they don't believe that it would happen to them," he said, urging members of the public who notice their loved ones forming such "relationships" to either talk them out of it or encourage them to go to the police.