Bintulu woman loses over RM14k in loan scam

Bintulu police chief Supt Zulkipli Suhaili.

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By Brad Rantayy

BINTULU, July 10: A 22-year-old woman has been scammed of RM14,112.42  in a non-existent loan scheme, says Bintulu District police chief Supt Zulkipli Suhaili.

The victim was believed to have been lured to the loan advertisement purportedly being offered on social media last month.

“She saw the advertisement on social media on June 29 this year, offering the loan and decided to apply,” he said.

The victim had applied for a loan of RM30,000 from the syndicate.

“She was immediately instructed to transfer some cash as processing fee to the loan company before they released the amount,”  he said.

Despite this, she did not suspected anything amiss.

A total of seven transactions via online banking were made by the victim to seven separate bank accounts.

“She only realised she had been conned when the suspects kept asking her to bank in more money,” he said.

The victim lodged a police report yesterday (July 9).

Zulkipli reminded the public to be extra careful when dealing with business through social media and not to be easily convinced with such bogus deals.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides for a maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping and a fine, upon conviction. — DayakDaily