IPOH: A 51-year-old businesswoman who wanted to get a loan lost more than RM200,000 after being cheated by two different bogus money lending syndicates.
Perak police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said the woman from Taiping lodged a police report over the matter on Monday (Oct 2).
He said on Aug 29 at about 1.30pm, the woman saw a moneylender advertisement on social media and intended to apply for a RM70,000 loan.
"He told her to conduct a few transactions as part of the processing cost and services to get the loan.
"From Sept 11 until Sept 16, she made 25 transactions to 16 different bank accounts amounting to RM100,020.
"The victim also saw another similar advertisement on social media and tried her luck there as well because she wanted another loan for RM60,000," said Comm Mohd Yusri in a statement on Tuesday (Oct 3).
He added that the victim dealt with the second suspect, who did not identify himself, and from Sept 18 until Sept 30, she conducted 24 transactions to 14 different bank accounts amounting to RM113,680.
"After carrying out 30 transactions amounting to RM213,700, she failed to obtain any loan as promised.
"When she questioned the suspects, they refused to entertain her, and only then she realised that she had been cheated and lodged a report," he said.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code.