83 arrested in blitz against online scams
Posted on April 8, 2012, Sunday
KUALA LUMPUR: Police arrested 83 people in a raid on four luxury residences in Serdang on Friday and busted an Internet scams operation, a day after making a similar raid in Kajang.
Police from the Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Bukit Aman, moved in at 11.30am and arrested the suspects comprising 67 Taiwanese men, eight Taiwanese women, five Chinese women, a Chinese man and two local men.
Police also seized 30 computers, said CCID chief Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan.
He added that during the raid, police found that syndicate members had attempted to vacate three of the four residences.
This is believed to be in response to the blitz launched by the police at an upscale area Kajang on Thursday during which 148 people were arrested for operating a call centre for scams and illegal gambling.
The syndicates operating the centres at six bungalows in Country Heights, Kajang, were believed to have raked in up to RM4 billion.
“During the raid in Serdang, we found 16 men and three women were busy contacting their intended victims believed to be residing in Taiwan and China based on the script provided by the syndicates,” he told reporters here.
Syed Ismail said most of those arrested were experts in ICT.
They would contact their victims and introduce themselves as bank officers or policemen or court officials and made up stories about the victims’ purported involvement in banking fraud and asked them to transfer their money to a certain account.
He said the Serdang group had been operating since a month ago and was part of the syndicate which was busted in Kajang.
Police investigations showed that those arrested today, aged between 20 and 35, entered the country from March 13 using social visit passes.
They would be paid between RM2,000 and RM4,000 as telephonists and would return to their countries after a month, he said.
Syed Ismail said police believed similar scam groups were also operating in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Penang, targeting victims abroad. —
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