Sibu salesman duped of RM16,970 in loan scam

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SIBU, June 22: A 24-year old salesman’s intention to borrow RM15,000 ended with him losing RM16,970.

According to Sibu deputy police chief Supt Collin Babat, on June 12, the victim had come across an advertisement for personal loans while checking his social media account.

He sent a WhatsApp message to a purported representative of the company called Albert to inquire and was informed he had to make payments before the loan could be approved.

The payments were allegedly for processing fees, three months of instalment interest, Bank Negara tax, and account opening charges.

Collin revealed the victim transferred a total of RM16,970 in a number of transactions from June 18 to 20 to several accounts whose details were provided by the suspect.

It was only when the victim was asked to pay another RM2,000 for various purposes that he realised he had been duped.

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