RM100,000 paid for RM10,000 loan


SEREMBAN: A 36-year-old teacher received an insurance payout of some RM150,000 following her husband’s death in July and had planned to save the money to raise their three children.

However, her plans are now in disarray after she lost RM105,461 to a non-existent loan scheme.

State commercial crime chief Supt Aibee Ab Ghani said the victim from Bahau near here had come across a loan scheme advertisement when surfing the Internet on Aug 24 and decided to apply for a RM10,000 loan.

“The victim was attracted to the terms and conditions of the loan and sent a message to two numbers displayed in the advertisement which belonged to persons named Elwin and Allen.

“She was then asked to send copies of her salary slip and identity card so that her loan could be processed,” he said.

Supt Aibee said within a few days, the victim was then told that her loan application was successful.

However, she was told that before the money can be handed over to her, she would have to pay stamp duty as well as processing, agreement and financial fees.

“She then made online cash transfers to 12 bank accounts.

“The total amount she transferred in 30 transactions totalled RM105,461,” he said, adding that she last transferred money on Oct 8.Despite having transferred the amount, Allen continued asking for more money.

The victim finally realised that she had been duped and lodged a report on Oct 19.

Supt Aibee said the victim could not provide an answer as to why she was prepared to pay more than RM100,000 in processing fees when the loan she had applied for was only RM10,000.

The case is being probed under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

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