Woman, 42, loses RM35k to online scam

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SIBU: A 42-year-old woman lost RM35,028 after being duped by an online loan fraud.

Sibu Police Chief, ACP Zulkipli Suhaili in a statement today (August 18) said that the victim (a local woman) made a police report on August 17.

“On August 9, the victim was attracted by an advertisement on the Flexibanc website offering a money loan with an interest rate of 3.88 per cent and a low monthly payment of RM499,” he said.

Zulkipli said that the victim later dealt with a man over the phone for a loan application of RM10,000 and she later being asked to make an advance payment to process the loan application.

“The victim has made 13 transactions (payment) to 7 bank accounts given involving a total amount of RM35,028.

“When repeatedly asked to make payments for various reasons, the victim wanted to cancel the loan application however she was required to make a payment of RM3,000.

“The victim did not make the payment because she began to realise that she was falling into a fraud syndicate,” he said.

Hence, Zulkipli advises the public to not easily believe in money loan promotions with low-interest rates and a fast application process that are widely advertised on social media.

“All loans that ask for a down payment are a scam. People need to be vigilant at all times so that they do not fall victim to non-existent loan fraud syndicates.

Any inquiries and questions related to a commercial crime can be referred to the CCID Scam Response Centre at 03-26101559 or 03-26101599 follow the Facebook page @CyberCrimeAlertRMP @JSJKPDRM.

The public can also check the verification of bank accounts and phone numbers that are in doubt via the website http://ccid.rmp.gov.my/semakmule/

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