SEREMBAN: A 40-year-old woman from Mantin near here has been scammed of almost RM117, 000 in separate non-existent loan schemes, said state commercial crimes investigation department chief Supt Aibee Ab Ghani.
The victim, who runs a motorcycle repair shop, became attracted to low interest loans purportedly being offered by two banks on social media.
“She saw the first advertisement on social media on June 7 offering an interest rate of only 1.38% and decided to apply.
“The following day, she applied for another RM100, 000 from another so-called bank which also offered a 1.38% interest rate, ” he said.
In both cases, she was told to submit her personal details online and that her applications would be approved in three days.
“For the first application, she spoke to a Jackie Ang and for the second, she liaised with one Sharon Ang.
“On the third day, she received emails that her applications were successful but was told to make payments for insurance coverage.”
Supt Aibee said the victim was also told to make payments if she wanted the process to be expedited, and to make the payments into the accounts of individuals in other banks.
Supt Aibee said the victim ended up paying almost RM42, 500 for the first “loan application” and some RM74, 500 for the second.
She only realised she had been conned when the suspects kept asking her to bank in more money.
She lodged a police report yesterday.
The cases are being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.