Online scammer leaves Sibu salesman RM12,600 poorer

Scam alert. — file pic // Photo: Pixabay

SIBU, Oct 14: A salesman was fleeced of RM12,600 in an online loan scam.

Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit revealed the man’s troubles began on Oct 8, when the 27-year old victim was attracted by an advertisement on social media which purportedly offered flexible loans.

“Since he was interested in taking up a loan, he left his name and contact number with the [advertiser],” he added.

On the same day, a suspect who identified himself as Raynor from ‘AmBank’ called the victim up.

“The victim told the suspect that he wanted to apply for a loan of RM15,000. He was then asked to send photocopies of his identity card and payslip,” Stanley disclosed.

The loan was apparently instantly approved and the victim was informed that repayment was on an 84-month instalment plan of RM202.07 each.

“However he was asked to pay RMRM12,600 as processing fee,” Stanley added.

The victim had from Oct 9 to 13, made seven bank transfers totaling that amount to two bank account numbers provided by the suspect.

When he did not receive the loan in his account, he checked with his bank and was told by a staff member that he had fallen for a scam.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating. — DayakDaily