Fraud call backfires

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times No Comments Share:

A woman’s plan to con a moneylender by using a fake voice over the phone fell apart when the victim saw through the ruse.
 
Farmer Kkeat Kuon, 41, pretended to be the boss of a real estate company in Kandal province when she called unofficial moneylender Kim Tor, 70.
 
The suspect tried to convince Ms Tor that she had property which could be used as security for a $50,000 loan.
 
However Ms Tor was suspicious and recognised Ms Kuon’s voice, so reported the incident to police.
 
“The suspect was arrested after she came to get the money at the victim’s house,” Khsach Kandal district police officer Sok Vuth said.
Both women lived in Preah Prasorb village.
 
Mr Vuth said that between 2015 and 2016, Ms Kuon borrowed sums of $3,000 to $5,000 from Ms Tor to lend to other villagers at higher interest rates.
 
Last month, Ms Kuon tried to borrow $50,000, but Ms Tor refused because she did not have any property or valuables to use as security.  
 
On Monday, the suspect phoned the victim, masquerading as the boss of a real estate company, Mr Vuth said.
 
She told Ms Tor to lend $50,000 to Ms Kuon as requested and said she would guarantee the debts.
 
Another district police officer said Ms Kuon confessed to the scam during questioning.
 
“She confessed that she disguised herself as the boss of a company and faked her voice over the phone because she wanted to earn the trust of the victim to lend her the money,” he said.  
 
Ms Kuon has been charged with fraud and faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

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