MELAKA: A clerk who desperately wanted to secure a RM30,000 loan ended up losing RM92,000 in a loan scam.
Melaka Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt E. Sundra Rajan said the 28-year-old woman had deposited the amount into eight different bank accounts through 16 transactions since last December.
“The victim realised she was dealing with a scammer when she never received the loan.
“She then lodged a police report on Jan 3 at Malim police station, ” he said on Tuesday (Jan 5).
It's learnt that the victim was lured to deposit the amounts after being promised of a higher loan amount by the scammer for various processing fees.
Supt Sundra Rajan said the victim endured further misery after she had fallen into more bad debts.
He said the victim's nightmare began last month when she came across a money-lending advertisement online and tried to apply for the RM30,000 personal loan.
He said the agent told the victim to pay a nominal sum initially to convince her before the amount ballooned to RM92,000.
Supt Sundra Rajan reminded the public to be careful when dealing through online loan applications and not to be easily convinced with such bogus deals.
He added that the report was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides for a maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping, upon conviction.