Macau scam syn­di­cate busted with ar­rest of 25 for­eign­ers

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KUALA LUMPUR: A Macau scam syn­di­cate has been crip­pled with the ar­rest of 25 for­eign­ers in an op­er­a­tion at a bun­ga­low in Shah Alam yes­ter­day.

Fed­eral po­lice Com­mer­cial Crime Investigation Depart­ment (CCID) di­rec­tor Datuk Acryl Sani Ab­dul­lah Sani said po­lice worked with their coun­ter­parts in Tai­wan to bust the syn­di­cate, which tar­geted mainly Tai­wanese.

“We raided a bun­ga­low in Shah Alam, which was used as the syn­di­cate’s op­er­a­tion cen­tre at 3.45pm.

“Dur­ing the raid, 25 for­eign­ers were de­tained. They in­cluded 20 Chi­nese and five Tai­wanese aged be­tween 20 and 30.”

Acryl said ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the syn­di­cate would con­tact vic­tims in Tai­wan, pre­tend­ing to be of­fi­cers from a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany there.

The vic­tims were in­formed that they had out­stand­ing debt with the com­pany and re­quired to set­tle it im­me­di­ately by trans­fer­ring the money into an ac­count.

Po­lice also seized a Toy­ota Vell­fire, pass­ports, the script used and com­mu­ni­ca­tions de­vices, in­clud­ing lap­tops, tablets and phones.

Those de­tained were handed over to Shah Alam CCID for the next course of ac­tion.

On a re­lated mat­ter, Acryl said in the first four months of this year, the CCID had in­ves­ti­gated 270 Macau scam cases in­volv­ing losses of RM9.49 mil­lion.

These syn­di­cates, he said, used the same tac­tic, which was to use Voice Over In­ter­net Pro­to­col to mimic their caller IDs, and pre­tend­ing to be bank of­fi­cers, po­lice or telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies’ per­son­nel to con their vic­tims.

Datuk Acryl Sani Ab­dul­lah Sani

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