JOHOR BARU: Johor police recorded almost 60% more loan scam cases last year.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said in 2018, police recorded an increase of 59.4% with 687 cases compared to 431 cases in 2017.
“The total losses in 2018 was RM40mil, which is almost double of the RM24mil total loss the previous year,” he said here.
He pointed out that loan scams, which come under commercial crime, were among the highest cases recorded in Johor.
It is learnt that scammers use social media such as via online advertisements, WhatsApp messages or even phone calls offering loans with low interest to their victims.
The scammer would then trick the unsuspecting victims by charging them multiple fees for the loans to be approved before disappearing with all the money after the last fees are paid.
Comm Mohd Khalil urged the public to be alert and not be easily enticed by such offers.
“Report such cases to the police immediately,” he said.
He also said the number of Macau scam cases had increased by 23.8%, with 525 cases in 2018 compared to 416 cases in 2017.
“The public still fall into the scammers trap despite reports of the incidents and multiple reminders from the police across all platforms.
“They should check with the relevant agencies first upon receiving any suspicious calls,” he said.
Comm Mohd Khalil said the crime index in Johor had dropped by 968 cases in 2018, with a total of 10,330 cases compared to 11,307 cases the previous year.
“There was a slight increase of 2.31% in the number of burglary cases last year but the police have successfully solved more than half of these cases.
“Motorcycle theft has seen a drop in numbers, with 3,881 cases in 2018 compared to 4,104 cases in 2017,” he said, adding that among the districts with the highest number of motorcycle thefts are Johor Baru North, Iskandar Puteri and Muar.
He said information from the public, especially on motorcycle theft and burglary, was crucial for the police to fight crime better.
Those with information can contact the state police hotline at 07-221 2999.