Stolen identity: Police tell woman to lodge report on loan fraud

MARY VICTORIA DASS

JOHOR BAHRU: Police are investigating an allegation by a 22-year-old woman from Kluang who claimed to have been conned by a friend who had used her identification document to apply for loan. Seri Alam district police chief Superintendent Norazam Shaari said the investigation was being carried out under Section 29B of the Moneylenders Act 1951. He said the investigation was also to verify claims that the suspect that made the threats against the victim, who worked as a cashier, was the moneylender who had given loan to her friend. Upon conviction, the perpetrator could face a fine not less than RM50,000 under the act which carries a maximum penalty of RM250,000 and three years jail. He said the Seri Alam police headquarters had received a report on July 27 filed by a Malaysian woman who was dismayed to learn that her male friend, who was a former employer, had used her documents to apply for loan from a moneylending company without her approval. He said the complainant lodged another report the next day saying that she received a threatening phone call from a person who asked for a RM1,000 payment. “Checks on the moneylender’s premises revealed that it was a licensed company operating in accordance to the procedure stated in the act,” he said. Norazam preliminary investigation revealed that the complainant had accompanied her male friend to the moneylending company in April. “The unsuspecting victim furnished her ID when being asked by the male friend. She later learned that it was being used for a loan application and decided to lodge a police report. “The victim was advised to take legal action against her friend and report to the police if she receives any threat,” he said in a statement. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd