Scams are everywhere these days, and countless of gullible Malaysians fall victim to such scams everyday.

In fact, a recent scam involved a scammer pretending to be a minister and a woman losing a few thousand ringgit.

Fell victim to a love scam

A kindergarten teacher fell victim to a love scam earlier this month, Bernama reported.

According to the report, the 59-year-old woman befriended a man who identified himself as Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul bin Abdul Aziz online earlier this month.

Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof, ​Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief, told the news agency that the scammer promised to give the woman RM1 million in cash and a Rolls Royce if she agreed to be his wife.

The scammer then proceeded to ask the woman to deal with an individual known as Siti, who introduced herself as a bank manager.

Siti then reportedly asked the woman to transfer over a processing fee.

“The victim then transferred RM4,200 into a bank account belonging to a man, last Friday. However, the victim later realised that she had been cheated and lodged a police report at the Temerloh police station yesterday,” Supt Mohd Wazir was quoted as saying.

Supt Wazir added that the police are tracking down the scammer, and the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

Finance Minister responds

After the news made headlines, Tengku Zafrul took to his social media pages to clarify that he wasn't the person behind the scam.

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"I was shocked to read that a woman was deceived by the sweet promises of a scammer who pretended to be the Minister of Finance to the point where she handed over RM4,200.

"I ask everyone to be vigilant of the various scams out there. Check with the authorities if there is anything suspicious. Do not easily believe the sweet promises of strangers," he wrote.

Remember, guys; the next time you get a dodgy phone call from someone, always be vigilant. Do not fall for the words of a stranger you've just met online.