Two Nigerian men and a Cambodian woman were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly scamming another Cambodian woman out of $1,000.
Sok Bunly, a police officer with the Interior Ministry’s Penal Police Department, said the trio was arrested when police raided a rented house in Kandal province’s Takhmao city.
Mr Bunly did not disclose the suspects’ identities as police were still looking for possible accomplices.
“They are a group of foreigners who cheat people out of their money by contacting them through Facebook or by telephone under false pretences,” he said.
They were arrested following a complaint from Moch Channary, 24, who fell victim to one of their scams.
On December 7, Ms Channary received a phone call telling her she won the grand prize from a UK-based company. The prize was to be laptops, iPhones and jewellery for a total worth of $50,000.
The con artists told her she needed to send $1,000 through True Money, an e-payment service provider, if she was to secure the prize.
However, a day after she wired the $1,000, the suspects called her back and asked for $2,000 more.
“I then realised I was being scammed, so I did not send the money,” Ms Channary said. “I went to file a complaint to the police and gave their phone number so that they would be arrested.”