May 6, 2021

53 people, mostly Chinese nationals, arrested in online scam bust

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MELAKA: Melaka police detained dozens of online scammers, mainly Chinese nationals in an operation in Klebang.

Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mat Kasim Karim said 53 people, including two Malaysians, were apprehended in the six-hour raid on Nov 19 on six premises.

“We acted on a tip-off before ambushing the six premises,” he said in a statement on Friday (Nov 22).

DCP Kasim said those detained were 51 Chinese citizens, including 10 women. The two Malaysians were a man and a woman.

He said those who were detained were aged between 25 to 45.

He also said checks on the international passports of the foreigners showed that they had entered Malaysia early in September under social visit passes.

“The screening of the two Malaysians showed that they were free of any criminal records,” he said.

He added that the police also confiscated 114 smartphones, 25 laptops, 22 modems and 26 record books.

“The suspects were at the height of their activities when ambushed,” he said.

DCP Kasim said the online scammers were part of a syndicate and targeted victims from China by offering easy loans and online gambling.

He said the fraudsters used social media applications to convince their victims, with all the scamming websites in Chinese.

“Love scam was also part of the modus operandi of these fraudsters,” he said.

The illegal transactions were in Chinese yuan, and the scam operators here transferred all their ill-gotten gains to a mule’s account in a bank in China.

He added that all the suspect were being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.

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