Chief mechanic falls prey to Facebook scammer, loses more than 40k

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SIBU, March 18: A chief mechanic has fallen victim to a trick by a scammer who advertised on Facebook of a loan scheme from an international bank.

The 45-year old victim was cheated of RM41,980.

Sibu district police chief, ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the case happened on Feb 28 when the victim saw the advertisement on his Facebook account.

“He was interested to take up a loan of RM40,000 to pay his housing loan. After making his intention known in the comment section, a suspect Vincent Voon Jun Chai called him up,” he said.

He told the suspect of the loan amount and that he would settle it in seven-year of RM535 monthly instalments.

“However he was told to make payment for the processing fee and insurance charges for the loan to be approved,” said ACP Stanley.

The victim had from March 4 to 15 made 14 bank transfers to seven account numbers of five banks totalling RM41,980.

He only realised that he had been cheated when the said loan money was not sent to him.

ACP Stanley said that they had opened an investigation paper for the case to be investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code. -DayakDaily