SIBU: A single mother in Bintulu has been cheated of almost half a million ringgit in an investment scam.

Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Supt Maria Rasid said in a statement on Friday (Aug 6) that the woman became acquainted online in February with a man who identified himself as “Li Wei”.

“The suspect invited the woman to invest in an oil and gas project in Sicily, which offered lucrative returns,” she said.

The woman made 30 bank transfers from March to May totalling RM494,000 to five different bank accounts provided by the suspect, she added.

Supt Maria said when the woman asked the suspect about the returns, he gave her a number of excuses and claimed the project had encountered financial problems.

“The suspect even asked the woman to make more payments. It was then that she realised she had been conned, and lodged a police…

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