The scammer is like a leech. They will keep asking your for money until your bank runs dry. And you don’t even know that you are in fact in love with some Nigerians in Africa.

Sin Chew Daily reported that an Australian woman who lost an undisclosed amount of money in an online romance scam decided to hire a private investigator to help locate the fraudsters.

Her persistence was duly rewarded when four suspects, including three Nigerians, were nabbed in Malaysia last Friday.

Three of the suspects were caught at a bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur while a fourth suspect, believed to be the mastermind, was nabbed moments later in Putrajaya.

The mastermind was said to have married a local woman, while the local suspect is a runner who collects money from victims.

Kuala Lumpur Commercial Crime Department chief Asst Comm Izany Abdul Ghany said the victim, known only as Rosary, was upset after being duped in the scam.

She then hired a private investigator who befriended one of the syndicate members online for a month before the suspect started asking for money.

After receiving the first payment of A$760 (S$968), the suspect then asked for A$20,000.

The investigator then flew to Malaysia to meet the suspects, aged between 17 and 21.