KEPALA BATAS: A 53-year-old factory worker lost RM40,906 to a fake loan syndicate.
North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the woman reached out to the syndicate after seeing an advertisement on social media.
"She was interested in taking a RM50,000 loan and was told by the syndicate member posing as an agent to bank in RM40,906 into five different bank accounts before she could receive the loan which they said had been approved.
"She banked in the money and then realised it was a scam when the agent asked her to bank in more money.
"She then came to the police when realised she had been scammed," he said in a press statement on Thursday (June 11).
ACP Noorzainy advised the public to always be careful and not be fooled by such money lending scams which operate over the phone.
"Do not believe these so-called 'licensed' money lending sites on social media.
"We are now investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating," he said.
In a separate case, ACP Noorzainy said another factory worker was cheated out of RM8,000 through a Macau scam.
"The 38-year-old man received a phone call from a 'court in Labuan' about a case.
"He panicked and said he was not aware of the case and was connected to a 'police line' where he was questioned and asked to share his online banking details for further investigation.
"He was asked to provide his password.
"He realised it was a scam when he checked his bank balance and found RM8,000 was missing and had been transferred to another account.
"He then came to the police station and realised he had been scammed.
"We advise everyone to be careful and aware of Macau scam syndicates.
"Do not trust phone calls of people posing as court officials or police.
"We are investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating," he said.
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