Most girls dream of meeting a prince charming. Sadly, life isn’t a fairy tale and we don’t always get a happy ever after.
A saleswoman, known as May, lost RM17,000 to her boyfriend after he started extorting money from her. The 23-year-old explained she met her boyfriend last year through a mobile game. They starting dating a month later.
She finally met the 31-year-old in person at Resorts World Genting in October. Just one day after meeting up, her boyfriend asked her for money to pay off a car loan. That was only the beginning. In the following months, her life quickly became a nightmare.
May finally broke up with him on 23rd March after her family and friends intervened and persuaded her that this was not normal in a relationship. She reported the case to MCA Public Services and Complaints Department.
“Since October, he has borrowed money from me for various reasons,” May stated at a press conference organised by MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong. “He would use it to pay his car loans, rent, telephone bills and daily expenses.” Later, her boyfriend asked her about her monthly pay and scolded her for not paying his bills on time.
Additionally, the 31-year-old forced her to borrow money from loan sharks and dictated how she should look. “Around 27th January this year, he started to instruct me to wake at 5:30am to exercise and forced me to record myself daily as proof,” May said. “He insisted that I exercise naked so that he could see the progress of my weight loss.” Currently, she owes the loan sharks RM17,378 and is being continually harassed by them via SMS.
May only reported the matter as she was afraid of being blackmailed by her boyfriend. The 23-year-old was terrified of her nudes being used against her. Datuk Seri Michael Chong revealed that the ministry had also received two similar cases this year. The victims were all young women.
Chong stated these “Casanovas” would usually resort to blackmail once they have obtained nude photos and such. “Once they get you to sleep with them, they will ask for nude photos. Then the blackmail starts. I have encountered many such cases,” he explained. “I hope her story will serve as a deterrent to other potential victims.”
May revealed that her ex-boyfriend is still harassing her, even after they broke up. He recently texted her to ask for RM20. “I don’t want to be harassed by him, so I transferred RM20 to him electronically,” she said.
We hope May’s situation will be resolved soon. Watch the video here: