Three applying for business loans lose nearly double to scammers

PORT DICKSON: A 28-year-old housewife who applied for a RM30,000 loan to start a business ended up losing almost double the amount to a scammer.

Port Dickson OCPD Supt Aidi Sham Mohamed said the victim decided to apply for a loan on April 27 after coming across an advertisement on Facebook.

“She began communicating with a man claiming to be from a licensed money-lending company.

“The man told her she would have to make payments before her loan could be approved, which included (a fee) to process her application, insurance and legal fees, as well as a guarantee, ” he said.

The victim then banked money into six different accounts in stages, totalling almost RM58,000.

Supt Aidi Sham said the housewife was one of three victims who got conned after seeing similar advertisements here late last month.The second is a 38-year-old man who wanted to apply for a RM30,000 loan to expand his food business.

“He was in contact with four suspects who claimed to be bank agents. The victim was also asked to pay into three bank accounts totalling almost RM12,000, ” he said.

The third victim is a 34-year-old hotel employee who had applied for a RM10,000 personal loan.

The victim also banked in almost RM1,900 into two accounts, supposedly for special charges before his loan application could be processed.

“All three realised they had been conned after the suspects kept telling them to bank in more money, ” he said.

The cases are being probed under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides a jail term of up to 10 years, whipping and a fine, upon conviction

Supt Aidi Sham advised those who wished to apply for loans to be vigilant and check the status of the bank accounts given to them at to verify if these were used in other criminal activities.

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