SIBU: A factory clerk lost her life savings of RM32,250 after falling victim to a loan scam, says Sibu Deputy OCPD Supt Martin Koo.
He said the 41-year-old woman lost her savings between April 27, 2018, and May 2 when she transferred the money to the scammer.
Supt Koo said the case began on April 19 last year when she saw a Facebook advertisement for a company that was offering loans of up to RM35,000.
"The woman then clicked 'like' on the advertisement. Six days later, she received a text message on her WhatsApp account offering her the loan," he added.
Supt Koo said the woman was told to deposit money into an account as processing fee, including payment for insurance and legal fees, before the loan money could be released.
"She made a total of 16 transfers to three bank accounts provided by the so-called company from April 27, 2018, to May 2 this year," he added.
However, she felt she had been conned by the company when it asked her
to pay another RM8,000.
"She made a police report on May 3 and until now she has yet to receive the loan money," added Supt Koo
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.