Sibu clerk loses RM23,734 to scammers in bid to get RM20,000 loan

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By William Isau

SIBU, Feb 29: Naivety caused a clerk to lose RM23,734 in an online personal loan scam.

Sibu district police chief, ACP Zulkipli Suhaili said the 30-year-old victim lodged a police report on Feb 28 claiming that she had been deceived by an online loan scam.

“The woman had on Feb 20, received a short message via the WhatsApp application. The suspect who introduced himself as a bank loan agent, offered her personal loan,” he said.

The clerk was interested in the loan offer and agreed to take a loan of RM20,000 with a monthly payment of RM600 for 5 years.

Zulkipli said that the victim was then instructed to submit identification documents for the purpose of application registration.

She was also told to make a payment as a processing fee.

“Subsequently the woman made three money transfers from Feb 21 to 22 totalling RM23,734,” he added.

However she failed to receive the loan money. The victim felt suspicious and realised that she has been tricked.

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