Supervisor loses RM79,636 in online loan scam

The victim said he saw the loan advertisement on Facebook.

KUANTAN: A supervisor who wanted to apply for a RM500,000 a loan to invest in a business ended up losing RM79,636 to a non-existent online loan company.

Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the 31-year-old victim claimed he paid the amount as administration fee for the loan.

The victim told police he saw the loan advertisement on Facebook on April 19 and submitted the application online the same day.

“Three days later, the victim received a phone call. He told the caller he wanted to apply for a RM500,000 loan to expand his oil palm plantation business.

“The victim was asked to provide his personal particulars, including bank statements, and to forward a copy of his MyKad, which he did on April 22,” Wazir told reporters here today.

He said the victim received a letter informing him that his loan had been approved the same day and was asked to make several payments.

Her transferred RM79,636 from his account to 13 separate account numbers provided by the bogus loan company.

The victim lodged a report at the Kuantan district police headquarters yesterday after realising that he had been cheated when he did not receive the loan amount.