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Loan company charges Kirkintilloch man almost £800 ... but he NEVER took out a loan!

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A VICTIM of fraud had almost £800 swiped from his bank account.

Two amounts of cash were taken from Alan McMahon’s account by on-line loan company Wonga.com.

But the angry 44-year-old hadn’t even taken out a loan with the company.

Alan, from Kirkintilloch, believes that someone took out a loan using his debit card details and had the money transferred to their account. Wonga then took payments of £768 from his account.

Fortunately, Alan’s bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland, gave him the money back.

But he is angry at Wonga.com for allowing it to happen in the first place and says he has not been told why the money was taken.

He said: “I have never been a customer of Wonga. When I spoke to them they said ‘it’s not you who has been the victim of fraud, it’s Wonga’.

“They told me they take a zero tolerance approach to fraud and would investigate it.

“After five weeks I got a call from the Wonga fraud team.They said they take fraud very seriously.”

Gregg McClymont, MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, has taken up the matter.

A spokesperson for Wonga said: “We take fraud very seriously. Less than 0.1 per cent of our approved loans are confirmed as fraudulent.”

See this week’s paper for more on this story.

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