KEPALA BATAS: A clerk and an e-hailing driver were cheated out of more than RM13,000 after they fell victim to a loan scam on Friday (Oct 30).
North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the victims wanted to apply for RM15,000 loans but were asked to pay processing and activation fees before their loan applications could be approved.
"In the first case, the 63-year-old e-hailing driver is said to have browsed the Internet and left his personal information on an online advertisement of a 'licenced money lending agency' purportedly offered by a local bank," he said in a statement on Saturday.
ACP Noorzainy said the victim, from Sungai Ara, communicated with a man who claimed to be the agent of the bank and offered him a loan online.
The victim made four transactions totalling RM10,360 into three bank accounts that were given by the suspect after he was asked to do so.
He said the victim then checked with the bank and was told that the bank never posted any advertisements on social media.
Realising that he had been cheated, the victim lodged a police report.
In the second case, ta clerk with a private company was also cheated after she was offered quick approval for her personal loan application.
ACP Noorzainy said the 31-year-old victim made two transactions totalling RM3,050 into two bank accounts after a suspect, who claimed to be the representative of a company, offered the loan.
"The victim felt she was cheated when she was asked to make more payments and lodged a police report," he said.
He added that both cases were being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.
"Investigations are ongoing on the accounts given by the suspects to the victims," he said.
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