MIRI: In her desperation to get a quick RM30,000 loan for her personal use, a woman here searched online for a ready-made financier and found herself RM11,500 poorer after being victimized. ‘a scam.
The victim, who works in a private company, filed a police report at Miri police station on Saturday, November 7.
Miri’s police chief, Asst Comm Lim Meng Seah, said today (November 10) that the police had closed the case under Article 420 of the Criminal Code for cheating.
“She said in her report that she had resorted to searching for a loan on social media through Google.
“She later found an online business that offered loans.
“She said she found a WhatsApp number and contacted a man who later told her that her RM 30,000 loan application had been approved.
The woman said the man asked her to make a series of payments to a bank account here as a fee for processing her loan application.
“She made a series of five separate payments to an account (at a local bank) in the amount of RM11,550,” ACP Lim said.
He said the woman claimed that the so-called loan provider kept telling her to make more payments if she wanted the RM30,000 quickly.
“It wasn’t until then that she realized she had been cheated on.
“She then came to file a police report on November 7,” ACP Lim said.
The initial investigation showed that the victim was deceived by a non-existent loan provider, he said.
Police were investigating the case as cheating, he added.
So far, no arrests have been made.