Par­cel scams rake in RM8.2m

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ASHWIN KUMAR

SHAH ALAM: Con­men in­volved in "par­cel scams" in Se­lan­gor have amassed a whop­ping RM8.2 mil­lion from Jan­uary to Novem­ber this year.

Se­lan­gor Com­mer­cial Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment chief ACP Mohd Sakri Arif­fin said in the lat­est in­ci­dent, 44 sus­pects were picked up dur­ing a birth­day party of one of the sus­pects at Se­tia Walk mall in Pu­chong.

"The raid was ini­ti­ated af­ter re­ceiv­ing a tip-off on Nov 16 at 11pm.

“The sus­pects, aged be­tween 20 and 30, com­prised 27 Nige­ri­ans, 10 lo­cals, three Thai na­tion­als, two Filipinos, a Viet­namese and an In­done­sian,

"The syn­di­cate's modus operandi was to be­friend the vic­tims through so­cial net­work­ing sites such as Facebook and Twit­ter,” he said at a press con­fer­ence at Se­lan­gor po­lice head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

"The sus­pect will tell the vic­tim that he had sent a pack­age. The vic­tim will re­ceive a call from some­one pre­tend­ing to be from the Cus­toms or Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment at the KL In­ter­na­tional Air­port ask­ing for tax pay­ment,” he said, adding that the vic­tims will be asked to make an online pay­ment. Po­lice raided the syn­di­cate's house in Pu­chong where they found mo­bile phones, bank books, five ATM cards and four Wi-Fi modems.

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