Parcel scams rake in RM8.2m
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.