No end to loan shark woes

KUALA LUMPUR: A manager’s dealings with a loan shark two years ago came back to haunt him when his personal particulars were misused.

Despite having settled the debt in February last year, his ex-wife and her family began receiving harassing messages from an unknown man since early this month.

The 43-year-old from Shah Alam, who only wants to be known as Wong, said his ex-wife informed him on April 14 that she and her family members were added to a WhatsApp group by one “Raymond”.

“Raymond posted an image of my MyKad in the group, claiming that I cheated him and wanted me to pay up. He also posted the old identity card numbers of my ex-wife and that of her elder sister, and their home address.

“I do not know this man and I have never borrowed from him, ’’ he said at a press conference at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

Wong suspects that his personal information could have been abused after giving his MyKad details to an illegal moneylender in 2019.

“I’m in the construction industry and my business was facing cash flow problems then that prompted me to get a quick loan.

“I made an inquiry on a Facebook page and met with the man who agreed to loan me RM50,000.

“After deducting the interest, I got RM32,000, and began repaying him monthly since then.

“I fully settled the RM50,000 in February last year, ’’ he said, adding that the man returned a few days later claiming the debt was not cleared.

Wong said he demanded another RM18,000 and threatened to harm him and his family if he did not pay up.

“I realised something was not right and lodged a police report, and was advised not to give any money and stop dealing with the man.

“The man also texted me later asking me to withdraw the case and said that I need not pay him anymore.

“I thought the case was settled until my ex-wife and her family received the messages demanding money, ’’ he said.

MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong said he had received three cases similar to Wong’s among the 41 loan shark-related complaints so far this year involving RM2.6mil.

“The modus operandi is similar, whereby borrowers who have settled their debts were asked to pay again by another unknown individual.

“Borrowers should always borrow from licensed moneylenders, with everything documented instead of going to online lenders or loan sharks, ’’ he said.

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