Well-meaning wife loses RM21K to scammers

Scam alert. — DayakDaily.com file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

SIBU, Mar 25: A cashier thought she had secured a personal loan to help her husband’s business, but ended up losing RM21,890 to scammers instead.

According to Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit, the 34-year-old woman had even transferred the money to seven different accounts provided by the scammers.

He said at about 4.15pm on March 20, the complainant was browsing her Facebook account in her home in Jalan Salim when she was attracted to a company that offered personal loan up to RM10,000.

“As she wanted money to help in her husband’s business, she left her contact number on the company’s Facebook account,” he said.

A man from the company subsequently contacted her through WhatsApp where she was told to send copy of her husband’s identity card and driving license.

“On March 21, the woman was told by the man that her loan application had been approved but before the money was dispersed to her, she needed to pay for the processing fee,” he added.

She transferred a total of RM21,890 to different account numbers.

Stanley said she only realised that she had been cheated when the man asked her to pay another RM4,000.

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