Kuala Lumpur International Airport Immigration Scam — Immigration Detained Scam by Fake Immigration Officer
I have met a US Army man online via a online dating site. His name is John O'Brien and his email is [protected]@yahoo.com.
He claimed to be a US Army soldier serving in Iraq. I knew him for a few months and we dated online for a month. He informed me that he has completed his army contract on 24 Feb 2011 and will meet me in Singapore on 28 Feb 2011.
He said that he will be flying via military flight and will arrive in Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3.
On the day of his arrival, I received a call about 1.5 hours before his arrival time. It is a Malaysian mobile no. +[protected] by a woman's name Jasmine Henry/Jasmine Bt Abudllah. She claimed to be a Malaysian immigration officer at KLIA (KL Int'l Airport).
She explained to me that Mr O'Brien is being detained at the airport as he failed to declare his luggage. She wanted me to pay USD$2, 500.
I was suspicious and I tried to question more. However, I was also in love with Mr O'Brien and really hope that he is here with me. So in the end, I listened to the story. Mr O'Brien spoken to me on the phone too but prior to this, I have never spoken to him before.
In the end, the story was the custom needed him to pay USD$7, 500 and he had already paid USD$5, 000 hence if I helped to pay the balance, they will release him to fly to Singapore. However, I explained to Jasmine that I do not have so much cash on hand. She finally agreed to allow me to pay USD$1, 000 then she can help to release him.
Initially I believed in her as my love for Mr O'Brien run deep. I transferred the money. Thankfully, the name which I transferred the money was incorrect & they could not pick up the money. After much thinking and some internal research, I withdrew back the money.
They tried to contact me when they knew I withdrew back the money. I just ignored them.
To all out there, online dating is very dangerous. This is my 2nd time being cheated. The 1st time I was cheated of some money. Now I have learnt to be more vigilant.
I hope my sharing will help some of you out there.