Technician loses RM11,200 to "credit company"

GEORGE TOWN: A 42-year-old technician claimed that he was cheated of RM11,200 by a credit company following his online application for a personal loan.

Zulkifly Ibrahim said he came to know about the company via Facebook on Sept 5 and subsequently submitted an application for a RM50,000 loan.

"The interest was lower compared to other financial institutions, and the Facebook comments were also positive,” said Zulkifly.

He added that a man known only as Mark then contacted him to tell him that his loan was approved on Sept 15.

Zulkifly said that Mark had claimed to be a representative of the company.

“I later received a WhatsApp message asking me to pay RM4,200 for the legal fee and stamp duty,” he said.

Zulkifly said he banked in the amount on Sept 26 and he was then told the loan would be in his account after an hour.

He said he contacted Mark when the money was not deposited.

"He requested me to pay another RM4,400 as a supportive payment for four months to another bank account. He said that the banks had blacklisted me,” said Zulkifly.

The father of three said that he borrowed money from his wife and friends and used his personal savings to pay RM11,200 to the scammers.

Speaking at a press conference at the Penang Gerakan headquarters in Macalister Road on Thursday, Zulkifly said he lodged a police report at the Patani Road police station on Sept 29.

Also present at the press conference was Penang Gerakan first vice-chairman Oh Tong Keong, who urged the police to investigate the matter.

"I would also like to remind the public who need money to get it through proper channels such as banks or registered financial institutions," he said.

Meanwhile, George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed the report, saying that the case was being investigated for cheating.





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