BINTULU: A 22 year-old woman is poorer by RM14,112 after she was duped into applying for a RM30,000 non-existent loan.
Bintulu police chief Supt Zulkipli Suhaili said the victim was interested in a loan advertisement she saw in Facebook.
“She applied for a RM30,000 loan without suspecting anything amiss despite being instructed by the syndicate to transfer cash via online transactions purportedly as payment of the loan processing fees,” he said today.
Desperate to get the loan approved, the victim made online transactions into seven bank accounts on June 29.
She eventually realised that she was conned after being instructed to make more transactions.
The victim lodged a police report last Friday.
Zulkipli reminded the public to be extra careful when doing business through social media application and not to be easily convinced by bogus deals.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides for a maximum jail term of 10 years, whipping and fine upon conviction.