ALOR SETAR (Bernama): A 24-year-old saleswoman lost RM182,340 after she was believed to have been deceived in a loan scam by a company offering loans through the WhatsApp application on July 2.
Kedah Commercial Crime Investigation Department (JSJK) chief Supt Annuar Amri Abd Muluf said the woman from Kuala Kedah, who worked at a phone shop, claimed to have received a message from a man via WhatsApp.
"The individual said that he was a moneylender from a company called 'YMS Agency' and the company was offering a loan of RM250,000 to the victim who wanted to open a cafe in Alor Setar.
"On July 3, the victim received a short message from 62033 stating that the victim's loan had been approved.
"However, she had to make various payments into several different bank accounts as processing fees before the RM250,000 loan could be remitted into the victim's account," he said in a statement here Thursday (July 11).
Supt Annuar Amri said the victim did 14 transactions into eight different local bank accounts via online money transfer and bank counter services after getting instructions from the money lending "agent".
"The victim took out her savings and borrowed from her colleague to pay RM182,340 before deciding not to proceed with the loan and informed the agent to cancel her application.
"The agent asked the victim to make another payment of RM25,000 or all of her money would not be refunded and would be frozen by Bank Negara.
"The victim later realised that she had been deceived and lodged a police report yesterday," he said.
He said the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
He said 171 cases involving the same modus operandi were reported in Kedah from January to June 2019 involving a loss of RM1.1mil and it showed an increase of 26 cases compared with the same period last year.
"The public is advised not to be easily deceived by ignoring money loan advertisements offered via short messages and applications such as WhatsApp and Telegram.
"Report the phone number that offers the service to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)," he said. -Bernama