JEMPOL: A retiree has lost almost RM45,000 after being blackmailed by a woman who recorded him in a compromising situation during a phone conversation.

Jempol police chief Supt Hoo Chang Hook said the government retiree’s troubles started on May 29 after the woman, believed to be a foreigner, contacted him via Facebook Messenger.

“The woman asked for his mobile number and then began communicating with the victim.

“On June 3, the woman, who was naked, called the victim and asked him to remove his clothes as well,” he said.

Supt Hoo said the man, who was driving, pulled down his trousers, exposing his genitals.

He said the conversation lasted about one minute.

A short while later, the victim received a video clip from the woman showing his face and genitals.

“The following day, he received the same clip, and the woman threatened to release it unless he paid 15mil rupiahs (about RM4,330) to have the clip erased.

“He was told that if he didn’t pay up, the clip would be sent to his family and friends,” he said.

The victim then asked the woman to reduce the amount, and she agreed to come down to RM2,000.

Supt Hoo said the victim then banked in the money to a foreign account.

Despite the payment, the suspect kept contacting the victim between June 5 and 7, asking for more money.

The victim then transferred RM42,500 to the woman via five transactions.

“On June 8, the woman again called the victim and asked for another RM58,500.

“Since the victim had no more savings, he ignored the woman’s request and decided to lodge a report,” he said, adding that the victim eventually told his wife and sister about the incident.

Supt Hoo said the case is being probed under Section 384 of the Penal Code for extortion, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years, or a fine, or whipping, or any two of such punishments upon conviction.