Malaysia: Chinese scammers arrested

Hua Mulan

Staff member

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested a group of Chinese nationals believed to be involved in Macau scams here involving losses of at least RM3mil.

City Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Asst Comm Mohd Luthfi Ismail Abdullah said a team from the Sentul CCID raided a Bandar Baru Sri Petaling apartment in the evening on Monday.

"We arrested eight men and a woman from China during the raid and seized items including 52 mobile phones, a laptop, 176 ATM cards, four note books, and two modems," he said during a press conference on Thursday.

ACP Mohd Luthfi added that police also arrested a local man who worked as the syndicates transport provider.

He said the suspects aged in their 20's and 50's had come in on social visit and student visas.

"Based on our investigations they have been conducting these activities since April. We are in the midst of investigating the modus operandi they used to dupe victims in China, but we believed the same syndicate also conned a local victim by pretending to be police personnel from Penang," he said.

He added that the suspects have been remanded until July 22 to help with investigations.

ACP Mohd Luthfi said his investigators would liase with Bukit Aman and their counterparts in China on the case.

"I also want to take this moment to advise the public to use caution when dealing with anyone over the phone claiming to be a policeman, banker or from any other enforcement agency," he said

"If anyone asks you for personal information over the phone, do not give in and head straight to the nearest bank for clarification," he added.

ACP Mohd Luthfi said that it was not standard operating procedure for banks to get account numbers or online account details via phone calls.

He added that those with information on such cases must contact the police hotline at 03-2115 9999 or visit the nearest police station immediately.