JOHOR BARU: A sales executive who wanted to take a personal loan to kick-start her new cosmetic business was instead duped into paying more than RM8,000 to a fake-loan syndicate.To make matters worse, the 29-year-old is still receiving calls from members of the syndicate, who are trying to get even more money from her.
Trouble for the victim, who only wanted to be identified as Zee, started when she stumbled upon a web page offering fast loan approvals on June 21.
After sending her details, Zee asked for a RM5,000 loan when she was first contacted over the phone by a man.
“He asked for my pay and EPF (Employees Provident Fund) statements, a copy of my identity card before telling me I could even get a RM10,000 loan,” she said at the office of Stulang assemblyman Andrew Chen. The man, she said, also convinced her to transfer RM700 as a deposit for the loan on June 24.
Shortly after, she received an SMS notification that a total of RM11,000 had been transferred to her bank account.
“But after that, I received a call from a different man who said my account had been blacklisted and I needed to pay RM1,000 for Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency’s (AKPK) registration along with RM2,020 for documentation fees,” she said.
After making these payments, Zee went to her bank with high hopes only to find that her account was still empty. But she received another call, informing her that her money had been seized by the bank.
The man then asked for another RM3,000 as a fee to open a savings account and RM2,000 as fee to open a current account, which she paid. “But until now the money is still nowhere to be seen,” she said.
“The man called me again recently and promised he will return all the money I had paid, if I transferred another RM2,500 as a loan guarantee,” she said.
Zee, who lost her entire savings along with RM2,000 she borrowed from her mother, lodged a police report on June 26.
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